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 palpate1
1840–50;Related formspal·pa·tion, nounpal·pa·to·ry [pal-puh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈpæl pəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
< Latin palpātus,
past participle of palpāre
to stroke, touch; see palpus
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Derived Formspalpation, noun
(tr) med to examine (an area of the body) by the sense of touch and pressure
Word Origin for palpate
C19: from Latin palpāre to stroke
zoology of, relating to, or possessing a palp or palps
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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.
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Related formspal•pa′tion n.pal′pa•tor′y (-pə-tôr′ē) adj.
To examine by feeling and pressing with the palms of the hands and the fingers.
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