[ aw-skuh l-tey-shuh n ]
/ ˌɔ skəlˈteɪ ʃən /


Medicine/Medical. the act of listening, either directly or through a stethoscope or other instrument, to sounds within the body as a method of diagnosis.

Origin of auscultation

1625–35; < Latin auscultātiōn- (stem of auscultātiō) a listening, attending to, equivalent to auscultāt(us) listened to (past participle of auscultāre; aus- (variant stem of auris ear) + -cultā- of uncertain sense and orig. + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion

Can be confused

auscultation osculation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for auscultation


/ (ˌɔːskəlˈteɪʃən) /


the diagnostic technique in medicine of listening to the various internal sounds made by the body, usually with the aid of a stethoscope
the act of listening

Derived Forms

auscultatory (ɔːˈskʌltətərɪ) or auscultative (ɔːˈskʌltətɪv, ˈɔːskəlˌteɪtɪv), adjective

Word Origin for auscultation

C19: from Latin auscultātiō a listening, from auscultāre to listen attentively; related to Latin auris ear
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Medicine definitions for auscultation


[ ô′skəl-tāshən ]


The act of listening for sounds made by internal organs, such as the heart and lungs, to aid in the diagnosis of certain disorders.
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