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

  • n. Any of various instruments used for listening to sounds produced within the body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A medical instrument used for listening to sounds produced within the body, often combined with a sphygmomanometer
  • v. To auscultate, or examine, with a stethoscope.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An instrument used in auscultation for examining the organs of the chest, as the heart and lungs, by conveying to the ear of the examiner the sounds produced in the thorax.
  • transitive v. To auscultate, or examine, with a stethoscope.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To examine by means of a stethoscope.
  • n. An instrument used in auscultation to convey the sounds from the chest or other part of the patient to the ear of the observer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a medical instrument for listening to the sounds generated inside the body


French stéthoscope : Greek stēthos, chest + French -scope, an instrument for viewing (from Latin -scopium; see -scope).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From stetho- + -scope. (Wiktionary)


  • Laennec later created a new instrument made from hollow wooden cylinder he called stethoscope, from the Greek words stethos (chest) and skopos (examination).


  • Steve Perlstein writes, The basic view from behind the stethoscope is that health care would be a whole lot better if only the docs were given free rein to treat their patients, organize their practices, run the hospitals and set their own fees ….

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  • That dramatic boardroom stethoscope is beginning to engender irrational hatred.

    Matthew Yglesias » Health Care and Wages

  • My question: who the heck does or will set government policy w.r.t. healthcare if not those who actually, you know, know a stethoscope from a beer bong?

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  • The latest in stethoscope technology - the iSteth.


  • "Oh, that just makes you the medicines doctor, the other fella with the stethoscope is the disease doctor"

    Is There a Doctor on the Blog?

  • Stopping the heart -- putting it into atrial fib, so all you get with a stethoscope is a flutter -- is another nice trick.

    Lama Lama Ding Dong

  • If the ear be placed on the abdomen, over the womb, the beating of the foetal heart can sometimes be heard quite plainly, and by the use of an instrument called the stethoscope, the sounds can be still more plainly heard.

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  • I had found his pulse irregular and intermittent, I took out a stethoscope, which is a pocket-spyglass for looking into men's chests with your ears, and laid it over the place where the heart beats.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 25, November, 1859

  • Instead she told herself that the amazingly and unbelievably handsome young man bending over her with a stethoscope was a doctor; that the plump, bleached blonde in the white shirtwaist was the hotel housekeeper; that the lank ditto was a waitress; and that the expression on the face of each was that of apprehension, tinged with a pleasurable excitement.

    Roast Beef, Medium


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