- An instrument or device which is utilized to listen to internal body sounds, such as heart beats.
- A stethoscope (1) which incorporates electronic components such as amplifiers and filters, which enable internal body sounds, such as a heart murmurs or lung wheezes, to be heard more clearly and loudly. Such stethoscopes can usually be connected to a computer, enabling storing, further analysis, and transmission of the recorded sounds. Also called electronic stethoscope.
- noun a surgical instrument with two earpieces connected to a tube and a metal disc, used by doctors to listen to sounds made inside the body, e.g. the sounds of the heart or lungs