One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small hammer with a rubber head used to test reflexes and in medical percussion.
- ‘The pleximeter is held firmly into an intercostal space while two quick uniform taps with the plexor, using wrist action, are delivered to it.’
Mid 19th century: formed irregularly from Greek plēxis ‘percussion’ (from plēssein ‘to strike’) + -or.
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