- to examine by touch, especially for the purpose of diagnosing disease or illness.
Origin of palpate1
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Examples from the Web for palpatory
Palpation or palpatory auscultation occasionally, though very rarely, reveals a peritoneal friction sound (Gerhardt).
- (tr) med to examine (an area of the body) by the sense of touch and pressure
C19: from Latin palpāre to stroke
- zoology of, relating to, or possessing a palp or palps
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Word Origin and History for palpatory
"examine by touch," c.1850, a back-formation from palpation, or else from Latin palpatus, past participle of palpare "to touch" (see feel (v.)). Related: Palpated; palpating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To examine by feeling and pressing with the palms of the hands and the fingers.
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