One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The object or device (originally a small ivory or bone plate, now usually the examiner's finger) interposed between the patient's body and the plexor in the diagnostic technique of mediate percussion.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in The Lancet. From Hellenistic Greek πλῆξις stroke, percussion + -meter, after French plessimètre plessimeter.
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