Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • noun The condition of being shaken violently.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of shaking.
  • noun A shaking; a violent shock.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[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.]

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Latin succussio, from succutere.

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  • 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

  • Ouch.

    July 14, 2007

  • "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

  • 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