Med. a technique for palpating internal organs, as to check for pregnancy or a floating kidney
Origin of ballottementFrench from ballotter, to toss from ballotte: see ballot
A palpatory technique for detecting or examining a floating object in the body, as:
a. The use of a finger to push sharply against the uterus and detect the presence or position of a fetus by its return impact.
b. Palpation of the abdominal wall while a kidney is being pushed sharply from the backside, used as a test for determining the presence of a floating kidney.
Origin of ballottementFrench from ballotter to toss from Italian ballotta diminutive of dialectal balla ball ; see balloon .
From French ballottement, from ballotter (“ballot”).