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

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Other Words from stethoscope

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

Examples of stethoscope in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other clues included salami, chocolate chip cookies, a stethoscope, yarn, and a magician. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, "Who is the Squiggly Monster on 'The Masked Singer'? He Got Some Talent," 29 Oct. 2020 But Ellington West, whose company is developing and placing digital stethoscope technology in communities that need it most, said that need not be the case. John-john Williams Iv, baltimoresun.com, "The Baltimore Sun’s Women to Watch 2020: Best in health," 19 Oct. 2020 The action figure sports the doctor's signature glasses, and has his stethoscope ready to go in his front pocket... Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Shorts-Worthy Friday and a Fine Weekend as "Delta" Approaches Louisiana," 7 Oct. 2020 The action figure sports the doctor's signature glasses, and has his stethoscope ready to go in his front pocket. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "A company is turning Dr. Anthony Fauci and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi into action figures," 6 Oct. 2020 Next Mayo hopes to use a virtual stethoscope -- patients would place it on their heart and a doctor would listen - and an otoscope, which patients would use to show doctors the inside of their ears and mouths. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "A silver lining to the pandemic: At-home care helps patients catch life-threatening illnesses," 22 Aug. 2020 At the pediatric clinic, the doctor came in wearing her white coat, her stethoscope swinging around her neck. Beth Thames | Bethmthames@gmail.com, al, "Ginsburg wasn’t satisfied with ‘the way it was’," 23 Sep. 2020 Within a hundred and fifty years, the stethoscope, the thermometer, the blood-pressure cuff, and the electrocardiogram became standard medical tools. Clayton Dalton, The New Yorker, "Why a Negative Test Doesn’t Guarantee You Don’t Have the Coronavirus," 16 Sep. 2020 In the exam room, Franklin, a pediatric cardiologist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, listened to Fredericks’ chest, moving the stethoscope from one spot to another. Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic, "In a hospital for children, a 70-year-old man gives hope for doctors and patients," 2 Sep. 2020

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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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3 Nov 2020

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“Stethoscope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stethoscope. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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stethoscope

noun
How to pronounce stethoscope (audio) How to pronounce stethoscope (audio)

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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