Definition of stethoscope in English:


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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.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Usually a heart murmur is detected by a doctor who's listening to the heart with a stethoscope during a routine exam.’
    • ‘Make sure the earpieces are turned slightly forward on your stethoscope so that the earpieces fit securely in your ears.’
    • ‘Pressing his stethoscope to her chest the father concludes that the girl has a heart defect and proceeds to wall her off from the external world.’
    • ‘He didn't need a stethoscope to hear my heart clamoring against my ribcage.’
    • ‘A stethoscope and blood pressure cuff served as the primary monitoring tools.’
    • ‘Every few inches he would tap lightly and then listen with the stethoscope.’
    • ‘That doesn't mean it's serious, but a doctor definitely should put a stethoscope to the chest of any child with a persistent cough.’
    • ‘They have no ears to listen through the stethoscope, and no hands to hold the knife.’
    • ‘One of the main injuries from a blast is air in the lungs which you have to listen to using a stethoscope.’
    • ‘The diagnosis of aortic regurgitation can be made using a stethoscope.’
    • ‘Just give me a stethoscope and show me the way to the nearest ward!’
    • ‘Tools such as stethoscopes should be cleaned regularly with a paper towel, soap and water, or an alcohol wipe.’
    • ‘Signs of pulmonary congestion may also be heard though a stethoscope.’
    • ‘In 1816, the forerunner of the modern stethoscope came to be discovered in France.’
    • ‘How can I joke with the parents of the boy playing with my stethoscope that maybe he'll be a doctor, when he won't receive a decent education?’
    • ‘I straightened up and pulled the stethoscope from my neck.’
    • ‘They commented about my stethoscope and treated me with a respect and position I have not yet earned.’



/ˈsteTHəˌskōp/ /ˈstɛθəˌskoʊp/


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