ballottement definition by Webster's New World
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Med. a technique for palpating internal organs, tumors, etc., as to check for pregnancy or a floating kidney
Origin: French ; from ballotter, to toss ; from ballotte: see ballot
ballottement definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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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: French, from ballotter, to toss, from Italian ballotta, diminutive of dialectal balla, ball; see balloon.
ballottement - Medical Definition
- A palpatory technique for detecting or examining an organ not near the surface of the body.
- The use of a finger to push sharply against the uterus and detect the presence or position of a fetus by its return impact.