- to examine by touch, especially for the purpose of diagnosing disease or illness.
Origin of palpate1
Origin of palpate2
Related Words for palpateabut, rub, probe, converge, stroke, caress, verge, border, fondle, toy, scrutinize, paw, pet, tickle, contact, partake, osculate, dab, march, inspect
Examples from the Web for palpate
Contemporary Examples of palpate
Before we necessarily had breasts, we were instructed to palpate the diseased, curvaceous effigy to feel for lumps.The Great Mammogram Debate
November 18, 2009
Historical Examples of palpate
It is better then to palpate for the brachial as it lies beneath the inner edge of the biceps muscle.Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:
Louis Marshall Warfield
The swelling is usually sessile, but may be pedunculated; it is usually possible to palpate the edges of the gap in the bones.
- (tr) med to examine (an area of the body) by the sense of touch and pressure
Word Origin for palpate
- zoology of, relating to, or possessing a palp or palps
"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.
- To examine by feeling and pressing with the palms of the hands and the fingers.