pleximeter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pleximeter a small thin metal plate held against the body and struck with a plexor in percussive examinations
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pleximeter (Med) A small, hard, elastic plate, as of ivory, bone, or rubber, placed in contact with body to receive the blow, in examination by mediate percussion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pleximeter In medicine, an elongated plate, composed of ivory, india-rubber, or some similar substance, from 1½ to 2 inches in length, placed in contact with the body, commonly on the chest or abdomen, and struck with the percussion-hammer, in diagnosis of disease by mediate percussion. Also plessimeter, plegometer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pleximeter pleks-im′e-tėr a small plate of something hard and elastic, placed on the body, to receive the tap of the fingers or of the hammer in examination by percussion—also Plexom′eter
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. stroke, percussion (from to strike) + -meter,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. plēxis, a striking—plēssein, to strike, metron, a measure.

Usage

In literature:

Percussion is sometimes practiced with the aid of a special percussion hammer and an object known as a pleximeter to strike upon.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
The little hammer and hard rubber, celluloid, bone, or ivory pleximeter does not seem to me to be nearly as good as the fingers.
"Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:" by Louis Marshall Warfield
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