palpate

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[ pal-peyt ]
/ ˈpæl peɪt /

verb (used with object), pal·pat·ed, pal·pat·ing.

to examine by touch, especially for the purpose of diagnosing disease or illness.

Origin of palpate

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1840–50; < Latin palpātus, past participle of palpāre to stroke, touch; see palpus, -ate1
Related formspal·pa·tion, nounpal·pa·to·ry [pal-puh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈpæl pəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for palpation (1 of 2)

palpate

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/ (ˈpælpeɪt) /

verb

(tr) med to examine (an area of the body) by the sense of touch and pressure
Derived Formspalpation, noun

Word Origin for palpate

C19: from Latin palpāre to stroke

British Dictionary definitions for palpation (2 of 2)

palpate

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/ (ˈpælpeɪt) /

adjective

zoology of, relating to, or possessing a palp or palps
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Medicine definitions for palpation

palpate

[ pălpāt′ ]

v.

To examine by feeling and pressing with the palms of the hands and the fingers.
Related formspal•pation n.palpa•tor′y (-pə-tôr′ē) adj.
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