the use of various light, quick chopping, slapping, or beating strokes on the body during massage.

Nearby words

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  2. tapir,
  3. tapir mouth,
  4. tapis,
  5. tapis vert,
  6. tappan,
  7. tappan zee,
  8. tappan, arthur,
  9. tapper,
  10. tappet

Origin of tapotement

1885–90; < French, equivalent to tapot(er) to tap, drum on, with the fingers or edge of the hand (tap(er) to tap, strike (expressive v. akin to tap1) + -oter frequentative or attenuating suffix) + -ment -ment

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Medicine definitions for tapotement


[tə-pōtmənt, tä-pôt-mäɴ]


A striking with the side of the hand, usually with partly flexed fingers, used in massage.

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