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Noun: percussion  pu(r)'kú-shun
  1. Family of musical instruments where sound is produced by striking one thing against another or by shaking; drums, gongs, rattles, cymbals, bells, triangle, etc.
  2. The section of a band or orchestra that plays percussion instruments
    - percussion section, rhythm section
  3. The striking or sound of striking of one object against another
  4. The act of playing a percussion instrument
  5. The act of exploding a percussion cap
  6. Tapping a part of the body for diagnostic purposes
    - pleximetry

Derived forms: percussions

Type of: auscultation, detonation, music, section

Encyclopedia: Percussion, medical