stethoscope

noun
stetho·​scope | \ ˈste-thə-ˌskōp 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

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Other Words from stethoscope

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

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Google earlier this year announced 65 new emoji are coming with Android 10, including a stethoscope, an array of gender- and racially-inclusive couples, and, well, an otter. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Android 10 Has Been Released. These Are Its 7 Most Anticipated New Features," 4 Sep. 2019 This could take the form of hanging a thermometer on a wall to measure the temperature, or using a stethoscope to count heartbeats. Andrea Jones-rooy, Quartz, "I’m a data scientist who is skeptical about data," 24 July 2019 But then Auger-Aliassime brought on the trainer, who pulled out a stethoscope to listen to his heart rate; in the third set, Auger-Aliassime visibly began to fade. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Félix Auger-Aliassime Is Trying to Stay Calm," 24 Aug. 2019 Nor are buckets of soybeans, wet tarps or stethoscopes. Andrea Domanick, latimes.com, "Arthur King collective transports Iowa farm soundscape to L.A.’s Chinatown," 12 June 2019 Safecrackers of the past put a stethoscope to a safe's panel while turning its dial, listening for the telltale murmurs of the interlocking components inside. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "How Safecrackers Can Unlock an ATM in Minutes—Without Leaving a Trace," 9 Aug. 2019 The stethoscope might not be broken, but the human doing the counting might space out and miss a beat. Andrea Jones-rooy, Quartz, "I’m a data scientist who is skeptical about data," 24 July 2019 Afterward, the doctor asked the family to use a stethoscope to confirm that Tine’s heart had stopped. Maria Cheng, The Seattle Times, "Belgium investigates doctors who euthanized autistic woman," 27 Nov. 2018 Many researchers say there isn’t definitive proof that germy stethoscopes can make patients sick. Lucette Lagnado, WSJ, "Hospitals Step Up the War on Superbugs," 8 Sep. 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 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 stethoscopically (audio) \ adverb

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