- to shake up; shake.
- Medicine/Medical. to shake (a patient) in order to determine if a fluid is present in the thorax or elsewhere.
Origin of succuss
1860–65; < Latin succussus (past participle of succutere to toss up), equivalent to suc- suc- + -cut(ere), combining form of quatere to shake + -tus past participle suffix, with tt > ss
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- med to shake (a patient) to detect the sound of fluid in the thoracic or another bodily cavity
- rare to shake, esp with sudden force
C17: from Latin succussus flung aloft, from succutere to toss up, from sub- from below + quatere to shake