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percuss Line breaks: per|cuss
Pronunciation: /pəˈkʌs/

Definition of percuss in English:


[with object] Medicine
Gently tap (a part of the body) with a finger or an instrument as part of a diagnosis: the bladder was percussed
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  • Accordingly, when percussing a patient's abdomen in the presence of ascites, areas of dullness and tympany should shift depending on whether the patient is lying supine or on his or her side.
  • Palpate the chest for subcutaneous emphysema and crepitus, and percuss for dullness, an indication of consolidations or effusions.
  • At each setting, the practitioner would percuss the reagent's abdomen to determine the areas of dullness.


Mid 16th century (in the general sense 'give a blow to'): from Latin percuss- 'struck forcibly', from the verb percutere, from per- 'through' + quatere 'to shake, strike'.

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