Definitions of auscultation

  1. An examination by listening either directly with the ear (immediate auscultation) applied to parts of the body, as the abdomen; or with the stethoscope (mediate auscultation), in order to distinguish sounds recognized as a sign of health or of disease. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. The art of discovering diseases of the lungs and heart by applying the ear to the chest, or to a tube in contact with the chest. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. The act of listening; a method of distinguishing diseases, particularly in the thorax, by observing the sounds in the part, either directly, by applying the ear, or by means of a stethoscope. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  4. The method of discovering the extent and seat of any disease connected with the respiratory organs, by applying the ear to the part alone, or with the help of an instrument called a stethoscope. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for auscultation

  1. Forty years after his death, Professor Chauffard, himself one of the distinguished medical men of the nineteenth century, said: " Without exaggeration we can call the glory which has come to French medicine because of the great discovery of auscultation a national honor. – Makers of Modern Medicine by James J. Walsh
  2. They cannot be in a man's company for a quarter of an hour without attempting to discover the peculiar weaknesses of his character- his vanities, his tastes, his vices, his curiosity, his love of money or of reputation; so that the operation of such men's minds may be compared to the process of auscultation for their ears are always upon their neighbours' hearts- and their conversation to the percutations of a physician to ascertain the seat of disease in a pair of consumptive lungs. – Saracinesca by F. Marion Crawford