ballottement

noun

bal·​lotte·​ment bə-ˈlät-mənt How to pronounce ballottement (audio)
: a sharp upward pushing against the uterine wall with a finger inserted into the vagina for diagnosing pregnancy by feeling the return impact of the displaced fetus
also : a similar procedure for detecting a floating kidney

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“Ballottement.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/ballottement. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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