percuss

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verb per·cuss \pər-ˈkəs\

Definition of percuss

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to tap sharply; especially :  to practice percussion on

Origin and Etymology of percuss

Latin percussus, past participle of percutere


First Known Use: 1560


Medical Dictionary

percuss

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verb per·cuss \pər-ˈkəs\

Medical Definition of percuss

  1. :  to tap sharply; especially :  to practice percussion on <percuss all four quadrants of the abdomen before starting palpation—Herrick Peterson>

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  to percuss a body part <percussing with the ends of our fingers over the lungs—Robert Chawner>


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