Definition of Tapotement

1. Noun. Massage in which the body is tapped rhythmically with the fingers or with short rapid movements of the sides of the hand; used to loosen mucus on the chest walls of patients with bronchitis.

Generic synonyms: Massage



Definition of Tapotement

1. Noun. (context: massage) A form of massage involving hitting the body with various parts of one's hand. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Tapotement

1. A massage movement consisting in striking with the side of the hand, usually with partly flexed fingers. Synonym: tapping. Origin: Fr. Fr. Tapoter, to tap (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Tapotement

tapir
tapir mouth
tapiroid
tapirs
tapis
tapiser
tapisers
tapises
tapist
tapists
taplash
taplashes
tapless
taplitumomab
tapoa tafa
tapotement (current term)
tapotements
tappa
tappable
tappas
tapped
tapped out
tappee
tappees
tappen
tapper
tappers
tappester
tappet
tappet wrench

Literary usage of Tapotement

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Massage and Therapeutic Exercise by Mary McMillan (1921)
"Massage and Therapeutic Exercise PART I MASSAGE CHAPTER \ ;v EFFLEURAGE; PETRISSAGE; FRICTION; tapotement; VIBRATION; PHYSIOLOGIC AND THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS OF ..."

2. The Treatment of disease by physical methods by Thomas Stretch Dowse (1899)
"... and the ulnar side of the hand and fingers only come into contact with the body of the patient (Fig. 46). Fig. 46.—tapotement; vibratory percussion. ..."

3. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1885)
"Practically, what we know of the action of tapotement corresponds to the results ... Quickly repeated tapotement increases the contractility of the muscles ..."

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