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Definitions of auscultation
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
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.
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.
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.
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