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Any of various instruments used for listening to sounds produced within the body.

[French stéthoscope : Greek stēthos, chest + French -scope, an instrument for viewing (from Latin -scopium; see -scope).]

steth′o·scop′ic (-skŏp′ĭk), steth′o·scop′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
steth′o·scop′i·cal·ly adv.
ste·thos′co·py (stĕ-thŏs′kə-pē) n.
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