Etymology
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percuss (v.)

1550s, "to strike," from French percussir, from Latin percussus, past participle of percutere "to strike hard, beat" (see percussion). Especially, in medicine, "to tap or strike for diagnostic purposes" (1821, implied in percussed). Related: Percussing.

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Definitions of percuss

percuss (v.)
strike or tap firmly;
the doctor percussed his chest and back
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