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palpate

1
[pal-peyt]
verb (used with object), pal·pat·ed, pal·pat·ing.
  1. to examine by touch, especially for the purpose of diagnosing disease or illness.
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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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Historical Examples of palpatory

  • Palpation or palpatory auscultation occasionally, though very rarely, reveals a peritoneal friction sound (Gerhardt).

    A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II

    Various


British Dictionary definitions for palpatory

palpate

1
verb
  1. (tr) med to examine (an area of the body) by the sense of touch and pressure
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Derived Formspalpation, noun

Word Origin for palpate

C19: from Latin palpāre to stroke

palpate

2
adjective
  1. zoology of, relating to, or possessing a palp or palps
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Word Origin and History for palpatory

palpate

v.

"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.

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palpatory in Medicine

palpate

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