- to examine by touch, especially for the purpose of diagnosing disease or illness.
Origin of palpate1
Related Words for palpationtaste, feeling, contact, communication, impression, atmosphere, mood, touch, aura, sense, ambience, quality, lick, tap, feel, scratch, collision, stroke, caress, embrace
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Historical Examples of palpation
It is best to have a firm background when this "fingernail" palpation is used.Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:
Louis Marshall Warfield
The cause of the pain is made evident on inspection and palpation of the interior of the mouth.
Cancer of the cardia cannot be felt by palpation of the abdomen unless the tumor extends down upon the body of the stomach.
The consistence of cancerous tumors of the stomach is nearly always hard, as appreciated by palpation through the abdominal walls.
By palpation the lower border of the liver can perhaps be felt and separated from the tumor in case this belongs to the stomach.
- (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
Word Origin and History for palpation
late 15c., from Middle French palpation, from Latin palpationem (nominative palpatio) "stroking, flattering, flattery," noun of action from past participle stem of palpare "to touch" (see feel (v.)). Used in English in literal sense.
"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.