Definition of stethoscope in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsteTHəˌskōp/


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A medical instrument for listening to the action of someone’s heart or breathing, typically having a small disk-shaped resonator that is placed against the chest and two tubes connected to earpieces.
Example sentences
  • I knelt down by Phyllis, took out my stethoscope to establish my medical credentials, and listened knowingly to her chest.
  • For example, the doctor may listen to the patient's chest with a stethoscope, to determine how well the airways are working.
  • Your doctor will also listen to the baby's chest with a stethoscope.



Pronunciation: /ˌsteTHəˈskäpik/
Example sentences
  • This study showed a 1% incidence of an ‘ominous’ fetal heart rate trace on admission testing and, of these 10 infants, one died three hours after admission, without stethoscopic auscultation detecting any fetal compromise.
  • Following a 5-minute rest period, a trained technician assessed baseline BP and HR measures with a series of stethoscopic measurements taken concurrently with the ambulatory monitor.
  • Later, he embarked on a revised edition of this epochal work with a masterful correlation of stethoscopic sounds and diseases of the chest documented by postmortem findings.


Early 19th century: from French stéthoscope, from Greek stēthos 'breast' + skopein 'look at'.

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Syllabification: steth·o·scope

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