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
stethoscopicplay \ˌste-thə-ˈskä-pik also -thə-\ adjective
Recent Examples of stethoscope from the Web
A stethoscope, sunglasses and $2 in cash were reported stolen at 8:24 a.m. May 27 from an unlocked vehicle parked on the first block of Shelburne Drive.
Dr. Green pulled her stethoscope from around her neck and listened to his heart.
To most radiographers x-ray machines seem to have as much creative potential as stethoscopes.
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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
Definition of stethoscope for English Language Learners
medical : an instrument that is used for listening to someone's heart or lungs
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Definition of stethoscope for Students
: a medical instrument used for listening to sounds produced in the body and especially those of the heart and lungs
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
stethoscopic\ˌsteth-ə-ˈskäp-ik also ˌsteth-\play adjective
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