Definition of stethoscope noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsteθəskəʊp//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsteθəskoʊp//
Medical equipment
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an instrument that a doctor uses to listen to somebody’s heart and breathing See related entries: Medical equipment Word Originearly 19th cent.: from French stéthoscope, from Greek stēthos ‘breast’ + skopein ‘look at’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stethoscope