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  1. an instrument that amplifies small sounds, esp within the human body
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Word Origin for phonendoscope

C20: from phono- + endo- + -scope
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Examples from the Web for phonendoscope

Historical Examples of phonendoscope

  • The binaural stethoscope was invented by Cammann in 1854, and a later improvement is the phonendoscope, by Bianchi.

    The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century.

    Edward W. Byrn

phonendoscope in Medicine


  1. A stethoscope that intensifies auscultatory sounds.
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