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percuss

[ per-kuhs ]
/ pərˈkʌs /
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verb (used with object)
Medicine/Medical. to strike or tap for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.
to strike (something) so as to shake or cause a shock to.
verb (used without object)
Medicine/Medical. to strike the surface of a part of the body for diagnostic purposes.
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Origin of percuss

1550–60; <Latin percussus, past participle of percutere to strike hard, beat, equivalent to per-per- + -cut(ere), combining form of quatere to shake (see quash) + -tus past participle suffix, with tt>ss

OTHER WORDS FROM percuss

un·per·cussed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for percuss

percuss
/ (pəˈkʌs) /

verb (tr)
to strike sharply, rapidly, or suddenly
med to tap on (a body surface) with the fingertips or a special hammer to aid diagnosis or for therapeutic purposes

Derived forms of percuss

percussor, noun

Word Origin for percuss

C16: from Latin percutere, from per- through + quatere to shake
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Medical definitions for percuss

percuss
[ pər-kŭs ]

v.
To strike or tap firmly; perform percussion.
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