stethoscope

noun
stetho·scope | \ˈste-thə-ˌskōp also -t͟hə- \

Definition of stethoscope 

: a medical instrument for detecting sounds produced in the body that are conveyed to the ears of the listener through rubber tubing connected with a piece placed upon the area to be examined

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Other Words from stethoscope

stethoscopic \ˌste-thə-ˈskä-pik also -t͟hə- \ adjective

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The stethoscope revolutionized medicine by providing doctors with auscultatory data on which to base diagnostic and management decisions. Caroline Nelson, Washington Post, "Forget ‘man vs. machine.’ When doctors compete with artificial intelligence, patients lose.," 12 June 2018 Then, as family members watched, Harris put on a stethoscope and listened to Toby's heart beating inside Daniel's chest. Nesa Mangal, Good Housekeeping, "Mother Hears Her Baby's Heart Beat Inside a 2-Year-Old Boy," 18 Mar. 2016 But, if not for his love of baseball, the 22-year-old hurler from Venezuela might now be wearing a stethoscope and treating patients instead of throwing the pill in an effort to record outs. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "This Marlins rookie could have become a doctor. Instead, he chose baseball. Here's why.," 12 July 2018 My doctor’s stethoscope missed the symptoms of my reality, including persistent anxiety, and a cavernous loneliness that overlaid my organs. Laura Zera, New York Times, "No One Helped My Mentally Ill Mother, or Me," 22 June 2018 This stethoscope helped launch a new era in medicine that placed less emphasis on patients’ descriptions of their symptoms and more on the search for clues within their bodies. Marschall S. Runge, STAT, "Artificial intelligence will put a premium on physicians’ knowledge and decision-making skills," 19 Apr. 2018 The image of the gray-haired family physician, stethoscope in ear, patiently listening to the heartbeat of a porcelain doll as his young patient looks on, is indelible in the public memory. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Why Hasn’t Telemedicine Taken Off? Hey, Blame This Guy.," 3 July 2018 Karen checked the stethoscope and put it to Emily’s stomach again. Keith Gessen, The Cut, "I Had No Idea What Fatherhood Was Going to Be Like," 15 June 2018 The sari was 💯, as were, elsewhere, garlic, parachute, stethoscope, and sloth. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "The Delicate Art of Creating New Emoji," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of stethoscope

1820, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stethoscope

French stéthoscope, from Greek stēthos chest + French -scope

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stethoscope

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stethoscope

medical : an instrument that is used for listening to someone's heart or lungs

stethoscope

noun
stetho·scope | \ˈste-thə-ˌskōp \

Kids Definition of stethoscope

: a medical instrument used for listening to sounds produced in the body and especially those of the heart and lungs

stethoscope

noun
stetho·scope | \ˈsteth-ə-ˌskōp also ˈstet͟h-\

Medical Definition of stethoscope 

: an instrument used to detect and study sounds produced in the body that are conveyed to the ears of the listener through rubber tubing connected with a usually cup-shaped piece placed upon the area to be examined

Other Words from stethoscope

stethoscopic \ˌsteth-ə-ˈskäp-ik also ˌstet͟h- \ adjective
stethoscopically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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