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palpate

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[ pal-peyt ]
/ ˈpæl peɪt /
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verb (used with object), pal·pat·ed, pal·pat·ing.
to examine by touch, especially for the purpose of diagnosing disease or illness.
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Origin of palpate

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First recorded in 1840–50; from Latin palpātus, past participle of palpāre “to stroke, touch”; see palpus, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM palpate

pal·pa·tion [pal-pey-shuhn] /ˌpælˈpeɪ ʃən/ nounpal·pa·to·ry [pal-puh-tawr-ee], /ˈpæl pəˌtɔr i/, adjective

Other definitions for palpate (2 of 2)

palpate2
[ pal-peyt ]
/ ˈpæl peɪt /

adjective Zoology.
having a palpus or palpi.

Origin of palpate

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First recorded in 1855–60; palp(us) + -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for palpate (1 of 2)

palpate1
/ (ˈpælpeɪt) /

verb
(tr) med to examine (an area of the body) by the sense of touch and pressure

Derived forms of palpate

palpation, noun

Word Origin for palpate

C19: from Latin palpāre to stroke

British Dictionary definitions for palpate (2 of 2)

palpate2
/ (ˈpælpeɪt) /

adjective
zoology of, relating to, or possessing a palp or palps
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Medical definitions for palpate

palpate
[ pălpāt′ ]

v.
To examine by feeling and pressing with the palms of the hands and the fingers.

Other words from palpate

pal•pation n.palpa•tor′y (-pə-tôr′ē) adj.
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