- a listening
- a listening, often with the aid of a stethoscope, to sounds in the chest, abdomen, etc. so as to determine the condition of the heart, lungs, etc.
Origin of auscultationClassical Latin auscultatio, a listening ; from auscultare, to listen ; from aus-, base of auris, ear + cultare, by metathesis ; from an unverified form clutare ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kel-, to incline
- The act of listening.
- Medicine The act of listening for sounds made by internal organs, as the heart and lungs, to aid in the diagnosis of certain disorders.
Origin of auscultationLatin auscultati&omacron;, auscultati&omacron;n-, from auscultatus, past participle of auscultare, to listen to; see ous- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural auscultations)
From Latin a listening, a heeding