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  1. Re·né Thé·o·phile Hya·cinthe [ruh-ney tey-aw-feel ya-sant] /rəˈneɪ teɪ ɔˈfil yaˈsɛ̃t/, 1781–1826, French physician who invented the stethoscope.
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Historical Examples

  • Laennec recommended that it should be given in this way in inflammations.

    The Action of Medicines in the System

    Frederick William Headland

  • First form of the stethoscope invented by Laennec, of Paris.

  • Certain words of Laennec's preface are an echo of Auenbrugger's expressions.

    The Popes and Science

    James J. Walsh

  • Needless to say, Laennec's sympathies were all with Corvisart.

  • This is the unassuming way in which Laennec announces his great discovery.

British Dictionary definitions for laennec


  1. René Théophile Hyacinthe (rəne teɔfil jasɛ̃t). 1781–1826, French physician, who invented the stethoscope
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laennec in Medicine


(lā-nĕk)René Théophile Hyacinthe 1781-1826
  1. French physician who invented the stethoscope (ca. 1819).
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