Does anybody know what word Netilat exactly means and how it refers to the mitzva of Netilat Yadaim?
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The Taamei HaMinhagim, in "הנהגות אדם בבוקר" says:
That is, that according to the Shulchan Arba it is called that because Netilah means "raising", and you have to raise your hands after pouring the water on them, and according to the Abudirham it is because the vessel with which you pour the water is called a Natla in the Talmud (see in Chulin 104a: "נטלא בת רביעתא").