verb (used with object), pal·pat·ed, pal·pat·ing.
Origin of palpate1
Examples from the Web for palpation
Historical Examples of palpation
If a dilated stomach contains considerable fluid and the abdominal walls are yielding, fluctuation may be perceived by palpation.
There is pain in raising the heel from the ground, and creaking can be felt on palpation.Manual of Surgery
Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
Palpation of the sinus with the finger or aspiration with a hollow needle is sometimes advised as an aid to diagnosis.
At first elastic and resilient, it slowly decreased in volume with the assumption of a soft doughy character on palpation.Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900
George Henry Makins
But usually when a tumor is present it is readily mapped out by palpation.
Word Origin for palpate
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.