[ pal-puh-buhl ]
/ ˈpæl pə bəl /


readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived, etc.; obvious; evident: a palpable lie; palpable absurdity.
capable of being touched or felt; tangible.
Medicine/Medical. perceptible by palpation.

Origin of palpable

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin palpābilis that can be touched, equivalent to palpā(re) to stroke, touch, palpate1 + -bilis -ble

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British Dictionary definitions for palpability

/ (ˈpælpəbəl) /


(usually prenominal) easily perceived by the senses or the mind; obviousthe excuse was a palpable lie
capable of being touched; tangible
med capable of being discerned by the sense of toucha palpable tumour

Derived forms of palpable

palpability or palpableness, nounpalpably, adverb

Word Origin for palpable

C14: from Late Latin palpābilis that may be touched, from Latin palpāre to stroke, touch
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Medicine definitions for palpability

[ pălpə-bəl ]


Perceptible to touch; capable of being palpated.
Evident; obvious.
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