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auscultation


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Auscultation  \Aus`cul*ta"tion\,  n.  [L.  ausculcatio  fr 
  auscultare  to  listen,  fr  a  dim.  of  auris,  orig.  ausis,  ear. 
  See  {Auricle},  and  cf  {Scout},  n.] 
  1.  The  act  of  listening  or  hearkening  to  --Hickes. 
 
  2.  (Med.)  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  auscultation 
  n  :  listening  to  sounds  within  the  body  (usually  with  a 
  stethoscope) 




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