: To listen to the sounds made by the internal organs of the body for diagnostic purposes. For example, nurses and doctors auscultate the lungs and heart of a patient by using a stethoscope placed on the patient's chest.

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aus·cul·tate 'ȯ-skəl-.tāt vt, -tat·ed; -tat·ing to examine by auscultation
aus·cul·ta·to·ry ȯ-'skəl-tə-.tōr-ē, -.tȯr- adj

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aus·cul·tate (awsґkəl-tāt) [L. auscultare to listen to] to examine by listening, usually to the sounds of the thoracic or abdominal viscera, with or without a stethoscope. auscultator n auscultatory adj

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Auscultate — Aus cul*tate, v. i. & t. To practice auscultation; to examine by auscultation. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • auscultate — (v.) to listen (especially with a stethoscope), 1832, from L. auscultatus, pp. of auscultare to listen attentively to, from aus , from auris ear (see EAR (Cf. ear) (1)); the rest is doubtful [OED]. Tucker suggests the second element is akin to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • auscultate — [ôs′kəl tāt΄] vt., vi. auscultated, auscultating [< pp. of L auscultare] to examine by auscultation auscultator n. auscultatory [ôs kul′tə tôr΄ē] adj …   English World dictionary

  • auscultate — transitive verb ( tated; tating) Etymology: back formation from auscultation Date: 1846 to examine by auscultation < auscultate the patient s heart for a murmur > • auscultatory adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • auscultate — auscultative /aw skeuhl tay tiv, aw skul teuh /, auscultatory /aw skul teuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. auscultator, n. /aw skeuhl tayt /, v.t., v.i., auscultated, auscultating. Med. to examine by auscultation. [1860 65; back formation from… …   Universalium

  • auscultate — verb To practice auscultation; to examine by auscultation …   Wiktionary

  • auscultate — aus·cul·tate || ɔːskÉ™lteɪt v. listen with a stethoscope …   English contemporary dictionary

  • auscultate — aus·cul·tate …   English syllables

  • auscultate — aus•cul•tate [[t]ˈɔ skəlˌteɪt[/t]] v. t. v. i. tat•ed, tat•ing pat med to examine by auscultation • Etymology: 1860–65 aus•cul•ta•tive ˈɔ skəlˌteɪ tɪv, ɔˈskʌl tə aus•cul•ta•to•ry ɔˈskʌl təˌtɔr i, ˌtoʊr i adj. aus′cul•ta tor, n …   From formal English to slang

  • auscultate — [c]/ˈɒskəlteɪt/ (say oskuhltayt) verb (auscultated, auscultating) –verb (t) 1. Medicine to examine (a person) by auscultation. –verb (i) 2. to examine by auscultation. –auscultative /ɒskəlˈteɪtɪv/ (say oskuhl taytiv), /ɒsˈkʌltətɪv/ (say os… …   Australian English dictionary

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