- Medicine/Medical. to strike or tap for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.
- to strike (something) so as to shake or cause a shock to.
- Medicine/Medical. to strike the surface of a part of the body for diagnostic purposes.
Origin of percuss
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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
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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