stethoscope

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

Definition of stethoscope

  1. :  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

stethoscopic

play \ˌste-thə-ˈskä-pik also -thə-\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of stethoscope

French stéthoscope, from Greek stēthos chest + French -scope


First Known Use: 1820


STETHOSCOPE Defined for English Language Learners

stethoscope

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Definition of stethoscope for English Language Learners

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


STETHOSCOPE Defined for Kids

stethoscope

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noun stetho·scope \ˈste-thə-ˌskōp\

Definition of stethoscope for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

stethoscope

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

Medical Definition of stethoscope

  1. :  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

stethoscopic

\ˌsteth-ə-ˈskäp-ik also ˌsteth-\play adjective

stethoscopically

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