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[aw-skuh l-teyt]
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verb (used with or without object), aus·cul·tat·ed, aus·cul·tat·ing. Medicine/Medical.
  1. to examine by auscultation.
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Origin of auscultate

First recorded in 1860–65; back formation from auscultation
Related formsaus·cul·ta·tive [aw-skuh l-tey-tiv, aw-skuhl-tuh-] /ˈɔ skəlˌteɪ tɪv, ɔˈskʌl tə-/, aus·cul·ta·to·ry [aw-skuhl-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɔˈskʌl təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveaus·cul·ta·tor, noun
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Related Words for auscultate

attend, get, accept, admit, observe, read, listen, overhear, audit, welcome, hark, obey, eavesdrop, receive, adopt, mind, concentrate, hearken, catch, entertain

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Historical Examples of auscultate

  • "I wish you to auscultate me," he said, addressing the doctor who entered the room.

    The Silver Lining

    John Roussel

  • The thinker of to-day has a great duty—to auscultate civilization.

    Les Misrables

    Victor Hugo

  • Nevertheless, they gave advice, got on the moral hobby again, and had the assurance to auscultate.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet

    Gustave Flaubert

British Dictionary definitions for auscultate


  1. to examine (a patient) by means of auscultation
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Derived Formsauscultator, noun
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Word Origin and History for auscultate


"to listen" (especially with a stethoscope), 1832, from Latin auscultatus, past participle of auscultare "to listen attentively to," from aus-, from auris "ear" (see ear (n.1)); "the rest is doubtful" [OED]. Tucker suggests the second element is akin to clinere "to lean, bend."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

auscultate in Medicine


  1. To examine by auscultation.
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Related formsauscul•ta′tive adj.aus•culta•to′ry (ô-skŭltə-tôr′ē) adj.
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