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
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)