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auscultation

 [aw″skul-ta´shun]
listening for sounds produced within the body, chiefly to assess the condition of the thoracic or abdominal organs and vessels such as the heart, lungs, aorta, and intestines. Fetal heart tones can also be monitored during pregnancy by auscultation with a specialized stethoscope. It may be performed with the unaided ear (direct or immediate auscultation) or with a stethoscope (mediate auscultation). See also auscultatory sounds.

aus·cul·ta·tion

(aws'kŭl-tā'shŭn),
Listening to the sounds made by the various body structures as a diagnostic method.
[L. ausculto, pp. -atus, to listen to]

auscultation

(ô′skəl-tā′shən)
n.
1. The act of listening.
2. Medicine The act of listening for sounds made by internal organs, as the heart and lungs, to aid in the diagnosis of certain disorders.

auscultation

The act of auscultating.

aus·cul·ta·tion

(aws'kŭl-tā'shŭn)
Listening to the sounds made by various body structures and functions as a diagnostic method, usually with a stethoscope.
[L. auscultatio, fr. ausculto, pp. auscultatus, to listen, + -io, noun suffix]

auscultation

The act of listening with a stethoscope to the sounds made by the heart, lungs, blood passing through narrowed vessels, the movement of fluid or gas in the abdomen, and so on. The doctor listens for changes in the normal sounds and for new (adventitious) sounds. Heart specialists become skilled in the interpretation of subtle sounds inaudible to the novice. From the Latin auscultare , to listen attentively.

Auscultation

The process of listening to sounds that are produced in the body. Direct auscultation uses the ear alone, such as when listening to the grating of a moving joint. Indirect auscultation involves the use of a stethoscope to amplify the sounds from within the body, like a heartbeat.
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bruit 

A sound heard on auscultation of the heart, lungs, large arteries or veins, or any large cavity (e.g. the orbit). The auscultation is carried out with a stethoscope. Example: An occlusive disease of the carotid artery caused by atherosclerosis leads to a reduction in blood flow through the carotid arteries (and a concomitant reduction in blood flow through vessels of the eye and orbit). It gives rise to a swishing sound with the chest piece of the stethoscope on the neck over the carotid artery. See amaurosis fugax.

aus·cul·ta·tion

(aws'kŭl-tā'shŭn)
Listening to the sounds made by various body structures as a diagnostic method.
[L. auscultatio, fr. ausculto, pp. auscultatus, to listen, + -io, noun suffix]
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Therefore to assess the accuracy of intermittent fetal heart auscultation in identifying fetal distress, fetal outcome as predicted by Apgar score has been analyzed prospectively in 1000 women in labor.
Our study has shown that auscultation is a not the most accurate method of confirming the position of DLT, especially in right sided DLT.
In dorsal caudal lung field very quiet or almost inaudible vesicular sounds were observed and on simultaneous auscultation and percussion there were increased tone of resonance suspective of subcutaneous emphysema.
The present study investigated the effect of modified Shaker exercise on pharyngeal muscle contraction using cervical auscultation. The results of descriptive statistics are shown in Table 1.
The patients allocated into Group B are monitored by Intermittent Auscultation (IA) method with Protocol as per RCOG 2001 Guidelines.
Bilateral auscultation of the chest can be done to identify and prevent possible endobronchial intubation.
However, these studies are still in their initial stages, the experiments are usually carried out in limited conditions, the adopted auscultation signals are not typical and comprehensive enough, and the algorithms are unreliably conducted on a small sample database.
Publication of auscultated sounds recorded over specific respiratory tract pathologies, defined during simultaneous ultrasonographic investigation, has allowed clinicians to assess the value of auscultation of the chest performed as part of the standard veterinary clinical examination of sheep [5, 7] and cattle [8].
This study ("Prevalence of echocardiographic evidence of cardiac disease in apparently healthy cats with murmurs," Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 2011) studied 32 owned cats that were considered healthy based upon history and physical examination except for a heart murmur on auscultation.
The prudent clinician will incorporate these various elements: inspection, auscultation, time constant, plateau pressure, mean airway pressure, airways resistance, lung compliance, RSBI and P/F ratio into a comprehensive assessment dashboard from which a clear plan of care will emerge.
Furthermore, there are a number of methods that can be used to estimate tube position during these procedures, such as auscultation (4,5), measuring pH (5,7), ultrasound (8), electromyography (9), electrocardiography (10) and electromagnetic guidance (11,12).
With the exception of the Athens trial, (3) none of the other trials in that Cochrane review involved a direct comparison of electronic fetal monitoring and intermittent auscultation as the primary and only method of intrapartum fetal surveillance.