from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) The sound of a patient's voice so modified as to resemble the bleating of a goat, heard on applying the ear to the chest in certain diseases within its cavity, as in pleurisy with effusion.

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  • noun medicine A bleating sound sometimes observed in patients with various lung conditions


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ego- + -phony


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  • aegophony

    Ego + phony invites one to *snort* rather than *bleat*, doesn't it?

    November 22, 2010

  • "While listening to the lungs with a stethoscope, the patient is asked to say the letter "e." What is heard is a higher pitched sound that sounds like the letter "a." Some doctors refer to this as "e to a transition." Most commonly, this indicates pneumonia.

    In the UK it is conventional on respiratory examination to auscultate the chest while asking the patient to repeat the word "ninety-nine". There is, however, regional variation with medical students and doctors from Edinburgh and Glasgow often preferring the phrase "one-one-one" due to its more rounded sound."

    --Wikipedia (

    September 12, 2012