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A punch or blow to the center of the sternum with the fist or a mechanical device.

chest thump

Precordial thump.

precordial thump

A forceful punch delivered to a patient’s sternum in an attempt to terminate a lethal cardiac rhythm, such as ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia.


This procedure is not routinely used. The critical time it consumes during resuscitation may be better used by starting chest compressions and assigning a second rescuer to obtain an automated external defibrillator.
Synonym: chest thump
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Think of a great belly laugh, a laugh that has you doubled over with giggles; a laugh that has you catching your breath; a giggle so infectious it's impossible to regain your composure and the harder you try, the funnier it gets, until it finally sends you to the floor thumping your hand on the ground in absolute glee.
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On his arrival to the House along with Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani, the Turkish President was welcomed with desks thumping for quite some time.
AFTER Brendan Rodgers oversaw his first league game as Liverpool manager (an embarrassing 3-0 thumping at West Brom), he smiled reassuringly and said: "It was just a bad day at the office.
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