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stethoscope

[steth-uh-skohp]
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noun Medicine/Medical.
  1. an instrument used in auscultation to convey sounds in the chest or other parts of the body to the ear of the examiner.
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Origin of stethoscope

First recorded in 1810–20; stetho- + -scope
Related formssteth·o·scoped, adjectiveste·thos·co·pist [ste-thos-kuh-pist] /stɛˈθɒs kə pɪst/, nounste·thos·co·py [ste-thos-kuh-pee, steth-uh-skoh-] /stɛˈθɒs kə pi, ˈstɛθ əˌskoʊ-/, nounun·steth·o·scoped, adjective
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  • He went through the locker room and got his stethoscope on the way to Ward Five.

    Ten From Infinity

    Paul W. Fairman

  • He touched the patient's wrist, then put a stethoscope to his chest.

    Ten From Infinity

    Paul W. Fairman

  • A plainclothesman put a stethoscope on the questionable case.

    The Pirates of Ersatz

    Murray Leinster

  • Without a word he got out his stethoscope and began to listen to me.

    Once a Week

    Alan Alexander Milne

  • Then, taking out his stethoscope, he made a rapid examination of his patient.

    Once a Week

    Alan Alexander Milne


British Dictionary definitions for stethoscope

stethoscope

noun
  1. med an instrument for listening to the sounds made within the body, typically consisting of a hollow disc that transmits the sound through hollow tubes to earpieces
  2. Also called: obstetric stethoscope a narrow cylinder expanded at both ends to recieve and transmit fetal sounds
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Derived Formsstethoscopic (ˌstɛθəˈskɒpɪk), adjectivestethoscopy (stɛˈθɒskəpɪ), noun

Word Origin

C19: from French, from Greek stēthos breast + -scope
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Word Origin and History for stethoscope

n.

1820, from French stéthoscope, coined 1819 by its inventor, French physician René-Théophile-Hyacinthe Laënnec (1781-1826) from Greek stethos "chest, breast" + -scope. Greek stethos is perhaps related to sternon (see sternum); it meant "front of the chest," and was only rarely used of a woman's breasts, but in Modern Greek it became the preferred polite term.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stethoscope in Medicine

stethoscope

(stĕthə-skōp′)
n.
  1. Any of various instruments used for listening to sounds produced within the body.
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Related formssteth′o•scopic (-skŏpĭk) adj.ste•thosco•py (stĕ-thŏskə-pē) n.
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stethoscope in Culture

stethoscope

[(steth-uh-skohp)]

An instrument used in listening to internal body sounds. Most familiarly, physicians and nurses use it to listen to heart sounds.

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