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- (transitive) To strike; to hit; to knock; to deliver a blow to.
- Solid bodies, if they be very softly percussed, give no sound.
- (intransitive) To impact.
- Falling on the roof of the caravan, the hailstones percussed noisily.
- (transitive, chiefly medicine) To attempt to divine the location or other quality of something by tapping on (an overlying surface).
- The doctor percussed his chest to determine whether he had pneumonia.
- (transitive, chiefly medicine) To attempt to divine the location or other quality of (something) by tapping on an overlying surface.
- Percussing a patient's spleen is best done while he is on his back.
- John A. Simpson and Edward S. C. Weiner, editors (1989) The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, ISBN 978-0-19-861186-8.
- percuss in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- percuss in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
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