from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of listening.
- n. Medicine The act of listening for sounds made by internal organs, as the heart and lungs, to aid in the diagnosis of certain disorders.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Diagnosis of disorders by listening to the sounds of the internal organs, usually using a stethoscope.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of listening or hearkening to.
- n. An examination by listening either directly with the ear (immediate auscultation) applied to parts of the body, as the abdomen; or with the stethoscope (mediate auscultation), in order to distinguish sounds recognized as a sign of health or of disease.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of listening or hearkening.
- n. In pathology, a method of distinguishing the state of the internal parts of the body, particularly of the thorax and abdomen, by observing the sounds arising in the part, either through the direct application of the ear to the adjacent external surface (immediate auscultation) or by applying the stethoscope over the part and listening through it (mediate auscultation). See stethoscope.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. listening to sounds within the body (usually with a stethoscope)
Latin auscultātiō, auscultātiōn-, from auscultātus, past participle of auscultāre, to listen to.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin auscultātio ("a listening, a heeding") (Wiktionary)