- The definition of a stethoscope is a medical instrument with earphones and a tube with a flat metal disk at the end, that a doctor uses to listen to a patient's heart and lungs.
An example of a stethoscope is what a doctor uses to listen for fluid in a patient's lungs.
Origin: Fr stéthoscope: see stetho- and amp; -scope
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Origin: French stéthoscope : Greek stēthos, chest + French -scope, an instrument for viewing (from Latin -scopium; see -scope).
- stethˌo·scopˈic , stethˌo·scopˈi·cal adjective
- stethˌo·scopˈi·cal·ly adverb
- ste·thosˈco·py noun
stethoscope - Cultural Definition
An instrument used in listening to internal body sounds. Most familiarly, physicians and nurses use it to listen to heart sounds.
stethoscope - Medical Definition
- stethoscopic adjective
- stethoscopy noun