per·​cuss | \ pər-ˈkəs How to pronounce percuss (audio) \
percussed; percussing; percusses

Definition of percuss

transitive verb

: to tap sharply especially : to practice percussion on

Examples of percuss in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hipcamp’s communications manager, sitting beside me, took a sip of her wine and percussed enthusiastically. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "How Hipcamp Became the Airbnb of the Outdoors," 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of percuss

1575, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for percuss

Latin percussus, past participle of percutere

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The first known use of percuss was in 1575

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5 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Percuss.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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per·​cuss | \ pər-ˈkəs How to pronounce percuss (audio) \

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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having a smooth flowing sound

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