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auscultation

[ aw-skuhl-tey-shuhn ]
/ ˌɔ skəlˈteɪ ʃən /
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noun

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.

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Origin of auscultation

First recorded in 1625–35; from Latin auscultātiōn- (stem of auscultātiō ) “a listening, attending to,” equivalent to auscultāt(us) “listened to” (past participle of auscultāre, equivalent to aus-, a variant stem of auris “ear” + -cultā- of uncertain origin and sense) + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn-; see -ion

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH auscultation

auscultation , osculation
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British Dictionary definitions for auscultation

auscultation
/ (ˌɔːskəlˈteɪʃən) /

noun

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 of auscultation

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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Medical definitions for auscultation

auscultation
[ ô′skəl-tāshən ]

n.

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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