Ballottement meaning

bə-lŏtmənt
A palpatory technique for detecting or examining a floating object in the body, as:
  • The use of a finger to push sharply against the uterus and detect the presence or position of a fetus by its return impact.
  • 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.
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A palpatory technique for detecting or examining a floating object in the body, as:
  • The use of a finger to push sharply against the uterus and detect the presence or position of a fetus by its return impact.
  • 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.
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(medicine) A method of diagnosing pregnancy, in which the uterus is pushed with a finger to feel whether a foetus moves away and returns again.
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(medicine) An increased amount of fluid in the suprapatellar pouch of the knee.
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(med.) A technique for palpating internal organs, as to check for pregnancy or a floating kidney.
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Origin of ballottement

  • French from ballotter to toss from Italian ballotta diminutive of dialectal balla ball balloon

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French ballottement, from ballotter (“ballot”).

    From Wiktionary