Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small thin metal plate held against the body and struck with a plexor in percussive examinations

Etymologies

Ancient Greek stroke, percussion + -meter. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

  • 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.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

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