Sunday, May 24, 2009


auscultate \ˈo-skəl-ˌtāt\ transitive verb: to examine by listening to sounds arising within organs (as the lungs) as an aid to diagnosis and treatment

Etymology: back-formation from auscultation, Latin auscultation-, auscultatio act of listening, from auscultare to listen; akin to Latin auris ear

A doctor needs a stethoscope to listen to a patient’s heart or lungs, but sometimes a grumbling stomach may be auscultated by an unaided ear clearly across a room.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The latin root "auscultare" reminds me of "escutar" in Portuguese and"escuchar" in Spanish, but even closer to the original latin word is"ascoltare" in Italian. They all commonly mean "to listen".