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stethoscope

Pronunciation: steth'o-skop

Definition: An instrument originally devised by Laennec for aid in hearing the respiratory and cardiac sounds in the chest, but now modified in various ways and used in auscultation of any of vascular or other sounds anywhere in the body.

[stetho- + G. skopeo, to view]

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