Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun That which strikes in percussion; a percussion-hammer.

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  • noun (medicine) a small hammer with a rubber head used in percussive examinations of the chest and in testing reflexes

Etymologies

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

[From Greek plēxis, a blow, from plēssein, plēg-, to strike; see plāk- in Indo-European roots.]

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  • That weird little rubber-headed hammer the doctor uses to test your reflexes.

    February 26, 2007