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.

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  • 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.

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  • n. listening to sounds within the body (usually with a stethoscope)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin auscultātiō, auscultātiōn-, from auscultātus, past participle of auscultāre, to listen to.

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From Latin auscultātio ("a listening, a heeding")


  • Rales, rhonchi and decreased breath sounds may be present by auscultation.

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  • For instance, it mandates that the pregnant woman must "view the fetal ultrasound imaging and hear the auscultation of the fetal heart tone if the fetal heart tone is audible" unless she certifies in writing prior to the abortion that she does not wish to do this.

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  • Because so much of diagnosis now depends on lab tests and imaging, the physical exam, including the time-honored rituals of auscultation (listening with a stethoscope) and palpation (touching parts of the body), has become less important; but skipping it short-circuits an essential part of the healing encounter, the “laying on of hands.”

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  • Obstetrical associations in the United States and Canada also endorse the protocol of auscultation for one minute during and after a contraction every fifteen to thirty minutes in the first stage, and every five to fifteen minutes during the second stage.

    Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

  • Studies that compare auscultation and EFM continuous or intermittent report that each method has similar newborn outcomes.

    Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

  • When reading engages coded alphabetic symbols and generates through them a poetic setting in the head, or a narrative scenario, the reader has not entered upon the imaginary via some magic auscultation, some occulted relation to a speaking authorial presence.

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian

  • The routine use of continuous electronic fetal monitoring compared with intermittent auscultation increases the likelihood of instrument vaginal delivery and cesarean surgery but does not reduce the incidence of cerebral palsy, stillbirth, low Apgar scores, newborn death rates, or admission to the neonatal intensive care unit.

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  • We repeat, that this auscultation brings encouragement; it is by this persistence in encouragement that we wish to conclude these pages, an austere interlude in a mournful drama.

    Les Miserables

  • Dr. Barrett, a cardiologist at Temple University in Philadelphia, discusses how recordings of heart murmurs helps medical students master cardiac auscultation

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  • Damon — they are acknowledged to be masters in the art, but are altogether deficient in the knowledge of its higher import and relation to the good; secondly, the mere empirics, whom Glaucon appears to confuse with them, and whom both he and Socrates ludicrously describe as experimenting by mere auscultation on the intervals of sounds.

    The Republic by Plato ; translated by Benjamin Jowett


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  • JM researched auscultation but couldn't stomach the noise.

    December 28, 2010