- an instrument used in auscultation to convey sounds in the chest or other parts of the body to the ear of the examiner.
Origin of stethoscope
Examples from the Web for stethoscope
An Army doctor stepped over with a stethoscope and chastened the firing squad when he determined that the heart was still beating.The Last American Soldier Executed for Desertion
June 6, 2014
A smiling, wise-looking Black man with a stethoscope around his neck stared out from the cover.Ben Carson Was a Role Model for Black Teens Until He Sold Out to the Right
March 16, 2014
A medic standing close to her wore both a stethoscope and a gas mask around her neck—she seemed to be in shock.The Morning After Egypt’s Rabaa Massacre
July 29, 2013
On a table in front of her sat a stethoscope, a notepad and a small flashlight.Winter, Food Shortages, Descend on Syria’s Refugees
January 9, 2013
He touched the patient's wrist, then put a stethoscope to his chest.
He went through the locker room and got his stethoscope on the way to Ward Five.
A plainclothesman put a stethoscope on the questionable case.The Pirates of Ersatz
Without a word he got out his stethoscope and began to listen to me.
Then, taking out his stethoscope, he made a rapid examination of his patient.
- 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
- Also called: obstetric stethoscope a narrow cylinder expanded at both ends to recieve and transmit fetal sounds
Word Origin and History for stethoscope
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.
- Any of various instruments used for listening to sounds produced within the body.
An instrument used in listening to internal body sounds. Most familiarly, physicians and nurses use it to listen to heart sounds.