- to examine by touch, especially for the purpose of diagnosing disease or illness.
Origin of palpate1
Origin of palpate2
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Examples from the Web for 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
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
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 palpate
"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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