- to examine by touch, especially for the purpose of diagnosing disease or illness.
Origin of palpate1
Examples from the Web for palpatory
Historical Examples of palpatory
Palpation or palpatory auscultation occasionally, though very rarely, reveals a peritoneal friction sound (Gerhardt).
- (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 palpatory
"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.