Definition of auscultation in English:



  • The action of listening to sounds from the heart, lungs, or other organs, typically with a stethoscope, as a part of medical diagnosis.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘The results of auscultation of the lung and heart were normal.’
    • ‘The most diagnostic of the physical findings are those found on auscultation of the heart.’
    • ‘Lungs were clear to auscultation and cardiac examination was normal.’
    • ‘Coarse crackles were present at both lung bases on chest auscultation.’
    • ‘In examining the abdomen you must apply the usual methods of physical examination in a particular order: inspection, auscultation, palpation, and percussion.’
    • ‘Results of the initial physical examination and auscultation will be presented to show how hypotheses were generated.’
    • ‘The guideline recommends that in women who are healthy and have an uncomplicated pregnancy, intermittent auscultation is a suitable method of monitoring during labour.’
    • ‘Inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation were virtually the only tools that physicians had to diagnose every medical condition.’
    • ‘The intensity of breath sounds depends on the location of auscultation and on the bodyshape.’



/ˌôskəlˈtāSH(ə)n/ /ˌɔskəlˈteɪʃ(ə)n/ /ˌäskəlˈtāSH(ə)n/ /ˌɑskəlˈteɪʃ(ə)n/


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