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Definitions for percussion
pərˈkʌʃ ənper·cus·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. percussion(noun)

    the act of playing a percussion instrument

  2. percussion(noun)

    the act of exploding a percussion cap

  3. percussion section, percussion, rhythm section(noun)

    the section of a band or orchestra that plays percussion instruments

  4. percussion, pleximetry(noun)

    tapping a part of the body for diagnostic purposes


  1. percussion(Noun)

    the collision of two bodies in order to produce a sound

  2. percussion(Noun)

    the sound so produced

  3. percussion(Noun)

    the detonation of a percussion cap in a firearm

  4. percussion(Noun)

    the tapping of the body as an aid to medical diagnosis

  5. percussion(Noun)

    the section of an orchestra or band containing percussion instruments; such instruments considered as a group

  6. percussion(Noun)

    the repeated striking of an object to break or shape it, as in percussion drilling

Webster Dictionary

  1. Percussion(noun)

    the act of percussing, or striking one body against another; forcible collision, esp. such as gives a sound or report

    Etymology: [L. percussio: cf. F. percussion. See Percuss.]

  2. Percussion(noun)

    hence: The effect of violent collision; vibratory shock; impression of sound on the ear

    Etymology: [L. percussio: cf. F. percussion. See Percuss.]

  3. Percussion(noun)

    the act of tapping or striking the surface of the body in order to learn the condition of the parts beneath by the sound emitted or the sensation imparted to the fingers. Percussion is said to be immediate if the blow is directly upon the body; if some interventing substance, as a pleximeter, is, used, it is called mediate

    Etymology: [L. percussio: cf. F. percussion. See Percuss.]


  1. Percussion

    Percussion is a method of tapping on a surface to determine the underlying structure, and is used in clinical examinations to assess the condition of the thorax or abdomen. It is one of the four methods of clinical examination, together with inspection, palpation and auscultation. It is done with the middle finger of one hand tapping on the middle finger of the other hand using a wrist action. The non striking finger is placed firmly on the body over tissue. When percussing boney areas such as the clavicle the spleximeter can be omitted and the bone is tapped directly such as when percussing an apical cavitary lung lesion typical of TB. There are two types of percussion: direct, which uses only one or two fingers, and indirect, which uses the middle/flexor finger. There are four types of percussion sounds: resonant, hyper-resonant, stony dull or dull. A dull sound indicates the presence of a solid mass under the surface. A more resonant sound indicates hollow, air-containing structures. As well as producing different notes which can be heard they also produce different sensations in the pleximeter finger. Percussion was initially used to distinguish between empty and filled barrels of liquor, and Dr. Leopold Auenbrugger is said to be the person who introduced the technique to modern medicine although this method was used by Avicenna about 1000 years before that for medical practice.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Percussion

    per-kush′un, n. the forcible striking of one body against another: collision, or the shock produced by it: impression of sound on the ear: (med.) the tapping upon the body to find the condition of an internal organ by the sounds: in the jargon of palmistry, the outer side of the hand.—adjs. Percuss′ional, Percuss′ive.—ns. Percuss′ion-bull′et, a bullet so formed as to explode on striking something: an explosive bullet; Percus′sion-cap, a cap of copper partly filled with a substance which explodes when struck, formerly used for firing rifles, &c.; Percus′sion-fuse, a fuse in a projectile set in action by concussion when the projectile strikes the object; Percus′sion-hamm′er, a small hammer for percussion in diagnosis; Percus′sion-lock, a kind of lock for a gun in which a hammer strikes upon a percussion-cap on the nipple, igniting the charge; Percus′sion-pow′der, powder which explodes on being struck, called also fulminating powder.—adv. Percuss′ively.—ns. Percuss′or; Percuteur′, an instrument for light percussion in neuralgia, &c.—adj. Percū′tient, striking or having power to strike.—n. that which strikes or has power to strike. [L. percussion-empercutĕre, percussumper, thoroughly, quatĕre, to shake.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Percussion

    Act of striking a part with short, sharp blows as an aid in diagnosing the condition beneath the sound obtained.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. percussion

    The striking of one body by another.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. percussion

    Is the impression which a body makes in falling or striking against another, or the shock of two moving bodies. It is either direct or oblique.

Anagrams for percussion »

  1. supersonic

  2. croupiness

How to pronounce percussion?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of percussion in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of percussion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of percussion in a Sentence

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