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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pəˈkʌs/, [pəˈkʰʌs]
- (General American) IPA(key): /pɚˈkʌs/, [pɚˈkʰʌs]
- Rhymes: -ʌs
- Hyphenation: per‧cuss
- (transitive) To strike; to hit; to knock; to give a blow to.
- Solid bodies, if they be very softly percussed, give no sound.
- c. 1619, John Ford (formerly attributed to Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher), The Laws of Candy, [Act II, Scene i], page 304:
- Give me thy hand Gonzalo, thou art in our favour, / For we do love to cheriſh lofty ſpirits, / Such as percuſſe the Earth, and bound / With an erected countenance to the clouds.
- (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.
- 2016, Susan F. Wilson, Jean Foret Giddens, Health Assessment for Nursing Practice, Elsevier Health Sciences (ISBN 9780323377782), page 259
- PERCUSS the abdomen for tones. Percuss the abdomen when you suspect distention, fluid, or solid masses. Procedure: See Chapter 3 for the procedures for percussion. Percuss all quadrants for tones, using indirect percussion to assess density of abdominal contents (Fig. 13-11). Percuss in each quadrant for tympany and dullness. FIG. 13-11 Systematic Route for Abdominal Percussion.
- (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.
- 2007, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Emergency Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (ISBN 9781582554648)
- As you percuss the kidneys, check for pain or tenderness, behind other organs which suggests a kidney infection. Remember to percuss both sides of the body to assess both kidneys.
- “percuss” in John A. Simpson and Edward S. C. Weiner, editors, The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989, →ISBN.
- percuss in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- percuss in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- percuss at OneLook Dictionary Search