per cuss


verb (used with object)
Medicine/Medical. to strike or tap for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.
to strike (something) so as to shake or cause a shock to.
verb (used without object)
Medicine/Medical. to strike the surface of a part of the body for diagnostic purposes.

1550–60; < Latin percussus, past participle of percutere to strike hard, beat, equivalent to per- per- + -cut(ere), combining form of quatere to shake (see quash) + -tus past participle suffix, with tt > ss

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percuss (pəˈkʌs)
1.  to strike sharply, rapidly, or suddenly
2.  med to tap on (a body surface) with the fingertips or a special hammer to aid diagnosis or for therapeutic purposes
[C16: from Latin percutere, from per- through + quatere to shake]

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percuss per·cuss (pər-kŭs')
v. per·cussed, per·cuss·ing, per·cuss·es
To strike or tap firmly; perform percussion.

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