Definition of auscultation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌôskəlˈtāSHən/


The action of listening to sounds from the heart, lungs, or other organs, typically with a stethoscope, as a part of medical diagnosis.
Example sentences
  • The heart and lungs sounded normal on auscultation.
  • His cardiac and lung auscultation and neurologic examination were strictly normal.
  • For example, the discovery of auscultation and later the stethoscope made individual patient reports of symptoms less important than the physician's own collection of diagnostic signs.



Pronunciation: /ˈôskəlˌtāt/
Example sentences
  • For women in our unit who are at low risk we are currently auscultating the fetal heart every 30 minutes in the first stage and after every contraction in the second stage of labour.
  • The nurse auscultates the patient's lungs and assesses them for inflation and rales.
  • But there is no substitute for seeing, feeling, auscultating, and directly observing a patient.


Pronunciation: /ôˈskəltəˌtôrē/
Example sentences
  • Two of the 310 children were diagnosed as having rheumatic heart disease based on auscultatory findings and echocardiography.
  • Clinical examination showed no auscultatory findings.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of hypertension depend on accurate measurement of auscultatory blood pressure.


Mid 17th century: from Latin auscultatio(n-), from auscultare 'listen to'.

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Syllabification: aus·cul·ta·tion

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