Origin and Etymology of percuss
Latin percussus, past participle of percutere
First Known Use: 1560
Medical Definition of percuss
: to tap sharply; especially : to practice percussion on <percuss all four quadrants of the abdomen before starting palpation—Herrick Peterson>
intransitive verb: to percuss a body part <percussing with the ends of our fingers over the lungs—Robert Chawner>
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