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ballottement

[ buh-lot-muhnt ]
/ bəˈlɒt mənt /
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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.
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Origin of ballottement

1830–40; <French: a tossing, equivalent to ballotte(r) to move, stir (see ballotade) + -ment-ment
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British Dictionary definitions for ballottement

ballottement
/ (bəˈlɒtmənt) /

noun
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 for ballottement

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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