• WordNet 3.6
    • n stethoscope a medical instrument for listening to the sounds generated inside the body
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stethoscope (Med) 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.
    • v. t Stethoscope To auscultate, or examine, with a stethoscope.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stethoscope An instrument used in auscultation to convey the sounds from the chest or other part of the patient to the ear of the observer.
    • stethoscope To examine by means of a stethoscope.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stethoscope steth′ō-skōp an instrument for auscultation, consisting of a tubular piece of wood to be applied to the patient's body—in the binaural form with tubes of rubber, &c., to convey the sounds to the physician's ears
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. sth^qos the breast + -scope,: cf. F. stéthoscope,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. stēthos, the breast, skopein, to see.


In literature:

The knocks continuing, I turned a wine-glass upside down, and placed my ear upon it, as upon a stethoscope.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
The doctor listened with a stethoscope placed on the farmer's chest.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
He could still hear Doc's words whistling through his teeth and feel the coldness of the stethoscope on his chest.
"The Memory of Mars" by Raymond F. Jones
Doctor Morgan folded his stethoscope and thrust it into his inner pocket.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
And doctors had stethoscoped him and shaken their heads over him.
"IT and Other Stories" by Gouverneur Morris
In the fierce determination to gain it, he threw the stethoscope away, and glued his avid ear to the man again.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
For more minutes than Ranny at all liked, he played about him with a stethoscope.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
By listening through a stethoscope the doctor is able to tell whether the valves are in good order.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
Then he listened with a stethoscope.
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine
Hurriedly he tore away the electrical connections and placed a stethoscope over the Russian's heart.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
I could see the top of a stethoscope protruding from one of his inner breast-coat pockets.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
He applied a stethoscope and listened, then grunted his satisfaction.
"The Wailing Octopus" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Rick picked up a tiny stethoscope.
"The Scarlet Lake Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
He felt her pulse, listened to her heart with his stethoscope.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
The Stethoscope has long ceased to excite merely professional interest.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 377, March 1847" by Various
He probed delicately with his fat fingertips, then used the stethoscope.
"Special Delivery" by Damon Francis Knight
First form of the stethoscope invented by Laennec, of Paris.
"The Scrap Book. Volume 1, No. 2" by Various
I used a stethoscope on him as soon as I could get to it after we landed.
"Planet of the Gods" by Robert Moore Williams
A count of the cardiac contractions heard with the stethoscope and a count of the pulse shows a great discrepancy in number.
"Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:" by Louis Marshall Warfield
When it was finished, Doctor Jones laid down his stethoscope with a little sigh.
"Whither Thou Goest" by William Le Queux

In poetry:

This poor young man was all aghast;
The price of stethoscopes came down;
And so he was reduced at last
To practise in a country town.
"The Stethoscope Song. A Professional Ballad" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Now, when the stethoscope came out,
The flies began to buzz and whiz
Oh ho! the matter is clear, no doubt;
An aneurism there plainly is.
"The Stethoscope Song. A Professional Ballad" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The doctors being very sore,
A stethoscope they did devise
That had a rammer to clear the bore,
With a knob at the end to kill the flies.
"The Stethoscope Song. A Professional Ballad" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Then out his stethoscope he took,
And on it placed his curious ear;
Mon Dieu! said he, with a knowing look,
Why, here is a sound that ’s mighty queer.
"The Stethoscope Song. A Professional Ballad" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
THERE was a young man in Boston town,
He bought him a stethoscope nice and new,
All mounted and finished and polished down,
With an ivory cap and a stopper too.
"The Stethoscope Song. A Professional Ballad" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Today an intern knocks my knees,
testing for reflexes.
Once I would have winked and begged for dope.
Today I am terribly patient.
Today crows play black-jack
on the stethoscope.
"Flee On Your Donkey" by Anne Sexton

In news:

Blood Pressure cuff & stethoscope.
A newborn gorilla getting a checkup is surprised at the coldness of the stethoscope.
Columbus, OHIO (Dec. 6, 2010) – After spending the first 15 years of her professional career as a registered nurse, Jacqueline Tresl put away her stethoscope and picked up a law book.
Build your own stethoscope to track your family's fitness.
UNM sophomore drops the stethoscope for a pair of Joffrey pointe shoes.
House hangs up his Fox TV stethoscope .
The Origin Of ' Stethoscope '.
The first stethoscope , invented by the French physician René Laennec, was simply a hollow wooden or ebony tube.
New Littmann Stethoscope Designed Especially for Nurses.
Dr Kevin Browngoehl, a pediatrician from Philadelphia listens with his stethoscope to the heartbeat of a 14-day-old baby boy.
Kevin Browngoehl, a pediatrician from Philadelphia listens with his stethoscope to the heartbeat of a 14-day-old baby boy.
Telemedicine Technology Allows Stethoscope -to- Stethoscope Communication.
The stethoscope – medical icon, lifesaver and doctor's best friend – is disappearing from hospitals across the world as physicians increasingly use their smartphones to monitor patients' heartbeats.
Ultrasound may mean end to classic stethoscope .
Stethoscope on top of medical file.