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suc·cus·sion  audio  (s-kshn) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. 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.
  2. The condition of being shaken violently.

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin succussi, succussin-, from succussus, past participle of succutere, to toss up : sub-, up from below ; see sub- + quatere, to shake; see kwt- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
suc·cussa·tory  (s-ks-tôr, -tr) KEY (Adjective)


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