Definition of auscultation :
1. Act of listening for sounds within the body.
2. 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.
3. listening to sounds within the body ( usually with a stethoscope)
4. The act of listening or hearkening to.
- Immediate auscultation will answer in a large majority of cases. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
- If instead of using his hand Auenbrugger had applied his ear to the chest, auscultation would have been discovered nearly half a century before Laennec began his work upon the subject. - "Makers of Modern Medicine", James J. Walsh.
- At this time his lectures on auscultation, though he held no regular professorship, were crowded by students from all nations. - "Makers of Modern Medicine", James J. Walsh.