- to examine by touch, especially for the purpose of diagnosing disease or illness.
Origin of palpate1
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Related Wordsabut, rub, probe, converge, stroke, caress, verge, border, fondle, toy, scrutinize, paw, pet, tickle, contact, partake, osculate, dab, march, inspect
Examples from the Web for palpated
The empty glenoid may sometimes be palpated from the axilla.
The radial artery was palpated to determine the presence of sclerosis.Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:
Louis Marshall Warfield
A week later the wound track could be palpated as an evident hard continuous cord.
No exit wound discovered, and no track could be palpated between the two openings, which were both circular and depressed.
The limb is held flexed and pronated, and the facility with which the bony points can be palpated renders the diagnosis easy.
- (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 palpated
"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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