One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in preparing homeopathic remedies) shake (a solution) vigorously.
- ‘Then he used some of this mother tincture to make the final remedy by diluting and vigorously shaking (succussing) it in water over and over again.’
- ‘This is succussed and the resulting solution is known as the first potency.’
- ‘The mother tincture is precisely diluted again, and shaken (‘succussed’).’
- ‘Each treatment bottle contains only a couple of drops of the Mother Tincture topped up with more water and succussed again.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin succuss- ‘shaken’, from the verb succutere, from sub- ‘away’ + quatere ‘to shake’.
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