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auscultation (o-skuhl-TAY-shuhn) noun
1. The act of listening.
2. The act of listening for sounds made by internal organs, as the heart and lungs, to aid in the diagnosis of certain disorders.
[Latin auscultatio, auscultation-, from auscultatus, past participle of auscultare, to listen to.]
"Chest auscultation with a stethoscope will help detect any heart murmurs or harshness of the lungs." D.V.M. Ronald Ulfohn, Check Out That laid-Back Lab, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Jan 22, 2000.
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