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.
Origin of percuss
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Related Words for percussblow, blip, pat, punch, whack, knock, crash, pummel, beat, drive, collide, smack, touch, force, handle, lick, rub, tap, reach, feel
Examples from the Web for percuss
Historical Examples of percuss
Some find it easier to percuss the dullness due to the heart in this way than by mediate percussion.Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:
Louis Marshall Warfield
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
Word Origin for percuss
C16: from Latin percutere, from per- through + quatere to shake
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
To strike or tap firmly; perform percussion.
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