[ suh-kuhs ]
/ səˈkʌs /

verb (used with object)

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


suc·cus·sion [suh-kuhsh-uh n] /səˈkʌʃ ən/, nounsuc·cus·sive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for succuss

/ (sʌˈkʌs) /


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

Derived forms of succuss

succussion (sʌˈkʌʃən), nounsuccussive, adjective

Word Origin for succuss

C17: from Latin succussus flung aloft, from succutere to toss up, from sub- from below + quatere to shake
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