Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of shaking violently, especially as a method of diagnosis to detect the presence of fluid and air in a body cavity.
  • n. The condition of being shaken violently.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of succussing or shaking; a shake.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of shaking; a shake; esp. (Med.), a shaking of the body to ascertain if there be a liquid in the thorax.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of shaking.
  • n. A shaking; a violent shock.
  • n. A method in physical diagnosis which consists in grasping the thorax between both hands and shaking it quickly to elicit sounds, and thus to detect the presence of liquid, etc., in the pleural sacs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. shaking a person to determine whether a large amount of liquid is present in a body cavity

Etymologies

Latin succussiō, succussiōn-, from succussus, past participle of succutere, to toss up : sub-, up from below; see sub- + quatere, to shake; see kwēt- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin succussio, from succutere. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The notation 30X means the 1: 10 dilution, followed by succussion, is repeated thirty times.

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  • Homeopathy works by taking a small amount of the actual ingredient and using a process called succussion to dilute and shake (mechanically) it until what's left is a tiny bit of the ingredient and the full energy imprint.

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  • Homeopathic remedies begin with a given natural substance, progressively diluted (and shaken in a process known as "succussion") until no measurable amount of the material remains.

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  • Somehow the magical process of shaking the remedy very hard between each dilution step (called "succussion") imbues it with the property of curing what it would normally cause.

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  • In this process, liquids are diluted (with water or ethanol) and shaken by ten hard strikes against an elastic body ( "succussion"), to get the next, succeeding higher potency.

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  • In ancient times, Hippocrates would hold a patient by the shoulders and shake him to produce a splashing 'succussion' sound to prove that excess fluid had accumulated around the lungs.

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  • The challenging question that remains is: How does the medicine become imprinted into the water and how does the homeopathic process of dilution with succussion increase the medicine's power?

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  • I know no mechanical contrivance by which such a displacement could be reduced, unless that one might be benefited by succussion on a bladder, or any other similar plan of treatment, such as extension, as formerly described.

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  • I could tell of other modes of succussion than those formerly described, which one might fancy would be more applicable in such an affection; but I have no great confidence in them, and therefore I do not describe them.

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  • These matters should be thus arranged, if recourse is to be had at all to succussion on a ladder; for it is disgraceful in every art, and more especially in medicine, after much trouble, much display, and much talk, to do no good after all.

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  • I love the Century's third definition: "A method in physical diagnosis which consists in grasping the thorax between both hands and shaking it quickly to elicit sounds, and thus to detect the presence of liquid, etc., in the pleural sacs."

    August 2, 2011

  • "Natural substances, of course, are often acutely toxic. Troubled by the side effects that often accompanied his medications, Hahnemann experimented with diluting them. After each successive dilution, he subjected the solution to vigorous shaking, or succussion. He made the remarkable discovery that although dilution eliminated the side effects, it did not diminish the effectiveness of the medications. This is rather grandly known as 'the law of infinitesimals.'"
    - Robert L. Park, Alternative Medicine and the Laws of Physics.

    October 4, 2009

  • Ouch.

    July 14, 2007

  • The act or process of shaking violently, especially as a method of diagnosis to detect the presence of fluid and air in a body cavity.

    The condition of being shaken violently.

    July 14, 2007