from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In medicine, an elongated plate, composed of ivory, india-rubber, or some similar substance, from 1½ to 2 inches in length, placed in contact with the body, commonly on the chest or abdomen, and struck with the percussion-hammer, in diagnosis of disease by mediate percussion. Also plessimeter, plegometer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Med.) A small, hard, elastic plate, as of ivory, bone, or rubber, placed in contact with body to receive the blow, in examination by mediate percussion.
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- noun medicine A small, hard, elastic plate, as of ivory, bone, or rubber, placed in contact with body to receive the blow, in examination by
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a small thin metal plate held against the body and struck with a plexor in percussive examinations
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The percussion hammer sold by instrument makers is made of rubber or has a rubber tip, so that when the pleximeter, which is placed against the side, is struck the impact will not be accompanied by a noise.
Percussion is practiced with the fingers alone or with the aid of a special percussion hammer and an object to strike upon known as a pleximeter.