Definition of tapotement in English:

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Pronunciation: /təˈpōtmənt/


Rapid and repeated striking of the body as a technique in massage.
Example sentences
  • There are five basic terms describing different massage maneuvers: vibration, tapotement, petrisage, effleurage and friction (small range intensive stroking).
  • In doing tapotement, the hands must not be raised more than an inch from the patient's body.
  • To apply tapotement, use the knife-edge side of the hand and keep the wrist loose.


Late 19th century: French, from tapoter 'to tap'.

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Syllabification: ta·pote·ment

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