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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.

[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.]

suc·cus′sa·to′ry (sə-kŭs′ə-tôr′ē) adj.
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Noun1.succussion - shaking a person to determine whether a large amount of liquid is present in a body cavity
auscultation - listening to sounds within the body (usually with a stethoscope)
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