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[mass noun] The action of listening to sounds from the heart, lungs, or other organs, typically with a stethoscope, as a part of medical diagnosis.
- ‘Lungs were clear to auscultation and cardiac examination was normal.’
- ‘Inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation were virtually the only tools that physicians had to diagnose every medical condition.’
- ‘The heart and lungs sounded normal on auscultation.’
- ‘The guideline recommends that in women who are healthy and have an uncomplicated pregnancy, intermittent auscultation is a suitable method of monitoring during labour.’
- ‘The intensity of breath sounds depends on the location of auscultation and on the bodyshape.’
- ‘His cardiac and lung auscultation and neurologic examination were strictly normal.’
- ‘Results of the initial physical examination and auscultation will be presented to show how hypotheses were generated.’
- ‘In examining the abdomen you must apply the usual methods of physical examination in a particular order: inspection, auscultation, palpation, and percussion.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Coarse crackles were present at both lung bases on chest auscultation.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin auscultatio(n-), from auscultare listen to.
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