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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tapotement in Medicine


[tə-pōtmənt, tä-pôt-mäɴ]
  1. A striking with the side of the hand, usually with partly flexed fingers, used in massage.
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