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[buh-lot-muh nt] /bəˈlɒt mənt/
noun, Medicine/Medical.
a physical diagnostic technique used to detect solid objects surrounded by fluid, as abdominal organs or tumors, performed by suddenly compressing the fluid with the hand, causing the solid object to abut against the hand.
Origin of ballottement
1830-40; < French: a tossing, equivalent to ballotte(r) to move, stir (see ballotade) + -ment -ment Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for ballottement


(med) a technique of feeling for a movable object in the body, esp confirmation of pregnancy by feeling the rebound of the fetus following a quick digital tap on the wall of the uterus
Word Origin
C19: from French, literally: a tossing, shaking, from ballotter to toss, from ballotte a little ball, from Italian ballotta; see ballot
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ballottement in Medicine

ballottement bal·lotte·ment (bə-lŏt'mənt)

  1. A palpatory technique for detecting or examining an organ not near the surface of the body.

  2. The use of a finger to push sharply against the uterus and detect the presence or position of a fetus by its return impact.

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