from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small, rubber-headed hammer used in examination or diagnosis by percussion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which strikes in percussion; a percussion-hammer.
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- n. (medicine) a small hammer with a rubber head used in percussive examinations of the chest and in testing reflexes
From Greek plēxis, a blow, from plēssein, plēg-, to strike.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)