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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
verb tr. To listen to the sounds made by internal organs (heart, lungs, etc.) to aid in the diagnosis.
Back-formation from auscultation, from auscultare (to listen). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ous- (ear) which is also the source of ear, aural, and scout. Earliest documented use: 1862; auscultation is from 1634.
"A Chinese official has been jailed for two years for deserting a sick beggar in a neighboring county and causing the man's death. ... In his defence, Chen said he had asked a general practitioner to auscultate him before the man was sent away. The doctor said his heart beat was normal."
Chinese Official Jailed; Xinhua News Agency (Beijing, China); Dec 6, 2007.
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