stethoscope

noun
stetho·​scope | \ ˈste-thə-ˌskōp How to pronounce stethoscope (audio) also -t͟hə- How to pronounce stethoscope (audio) \

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

Other Words from stethoscope

stethoscopic \ ˌste-​thə-​ˈskä-​pik How to pronounce stethoscope (audio) also  -​t͟hə-​ \ adjective

Examples of stethoscope in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Veterinarian Geoff Gardner presided over health checks, checking weights, inserting identification microchips, listening to their innards with a stethoscope, administering vaccinations and clipping flight feathers. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, 24 Nov. 2021 Her doll has long, brown hair and wears a white doctor’s coat, blue scrubs, a stethoscope and a tiny mask. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2021 Enrollment in the program is $3,000, which includes textbooks, scrubs, stethoscope, blood pressure cuff and additional support services. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Oct. 2021 As Asma helped arrange paper flowers in a basket on the dining room table, Aqsa — who wore a plastic stethoscope around her neck — used a tongue depressor to check inside Gulsom’s mouth. Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2021 Diagnosis usually starts with a healthcare provider listening to your chest with a stethoscope for the sound of crackling or unusual breathing sounds. Korin Miller, Health.com, 8 Sep. 2021 Other research includes utilizing an ultrasound the size of a stethoscope to evaluate bodily fluid shifts due to the effect of zero gravity. Hayley Arceneaux, PEOPLE.com, 31 Aug. 2021 To listen to the heart or lungs, some practitioners place the stethoscope on the patient’s skin; others place it on the outside of the patient’s clothing. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 15 Aug. 2021 Sircar held the stethoscope against him to listen to his breaths. Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2021

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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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The first known use of stethoscope was in 1820

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stethoscope

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stethoscope

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

stethoscope

noun
stetho·​scope | \ ˈste-thə-ˌskōp How to pronounce stethoscope (audio) \

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 How to pronounce stethoscope (audio) \ adverb

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