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ballottement

Definition:

a palpatory technique for feeling a floating object in the body (especially for determining the position of a fetus by feeling the rebound of the fetus after a quick digital tap on the wall of the uterus)

Class:

act noun (acts and actions)

Plural:

ballottements

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

from French, literally: a tossing, shaking, from ballotter to toss, from...
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Ballottement

a medical sign which indicates increased fluid in the suprapatellar pouch over the patella at the knee joint. To test ballottement the examiner would apply downward pressure towards the foot with one hand, while pushing the patella backwards against... (39 of 432 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Ballottement

Collins Dictionary:

ballottement [medicine]

a technique of feeling for a movable object in the body, especially confirmation of pregnancy by feeling the rebound of the fetus following a quick ... (25 of 301 words, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ballottement

American Heritage Dictionary:

ballottement

[medicine] A palpatory technique for detecting or examining a floating ... | Palpation of the abdominal wall while a kidney is being pushed sharply ... (23 of 84 words, 2 definitions)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ballottement

Random House Dictionary:

ballottement [medicine]

a physical diagnostic technique used to detect solid objects surrounded by fluid, as abdominal organs or tumors, performed by suddenly compressing the ... (22 of 41 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/ballottement

Wiktionary:

ballottement | ballottements [French, plural]

[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. | [medicine] An increased amount of fluid in the suprapatellar pouch of the knee. (38 of 39 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ballottement

New World Dictionary:

ballottement [medicine]

a technique for palpating internal organs, tumors, etc., as to check for pregnancy or a floating kidney (17 of 28 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ballottement

Britannica Encyclopedia:

palpation [medicine]

medical diagnostic examination with the hands to discover internal abnormalities. By palpation the physician may detect enlargement of an organ, ... (20 of 56 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/440328​/palpation

Oxford Dictionary:

palpate | palpation [derived]

examine (a part of the body) by touch, especially for medical purposes (12 of 70 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/palpate

Merriam-Webster:

palpate | palpated [past tense] | palpating [present participle] | palpation [noun, related]

to examine by touch especially medically (6 of 52 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/palpate

Encarta Dictionary:

palpation

a method of clinical examination using gentle pressure of the fingers to detect growths, changes in the size of underlying organs, and unusual tissue ... (24 of 50 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 561599007​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

ballottement [medicine]

First use: 19th century

Origin: from French, literally: a tossing, shaking, from ballotter to toss, from ballotte a little ball, from Italian ballotta; see ballot

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ballottement

American Heritage Dictionary:

ballottement

Origin: French, from ballotter, to toss, from Italian ballotta, diminutive of dialectal balla, ball; see "balloon".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ballottement

New World Dictionary:

ballottement [medicine]

Origin: French from ballotter, to toss from ballotte: see "ballot"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ballottement

Wiktionary:

ballottement

Origin: French ballottement, from ballotter ("ballot").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ballottement

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

ballottement [medicine]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "ballottement"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ballottement

the Free Dictionary:

ballottement

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "ballottement"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "ballottement"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "ballottement" by speech synthesizer

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YourDictionary Audio:

ballottement

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ballottement"

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