to examine by touch, especially for the purpose of diagnosing disease or illness.
- pal·pa·tion [pal-pey-shuhn] /ˌpælˈpeɪ ʃən/ noun
- pal·pa·to·ry [pal-puh-tawr-ee], /ˈpæl pəˌtɔr i/, adjective
How to use palpate in a sentence
Before we necessarily had breasts, we were instructed to palpate the diseased, curvaceous effigy to feel for lumps.
The swelling is usually sessile, but may be pedunculated; it is usually possible to palpate the edges of the gap in the bones.Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition. | Alexander Miles
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
British Dictionary definitions for palpate (1 of 2)
(tr) med to examine (an area of the body) by the sense of touch and pressure
- palpation, noun
British Dictionary definitions for palpate (2 of 2)
zoology of, relating to, or possessing a palp or palps
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