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palpable

[pal-puh-buh l] /ˈpæl pə bəl/
adjective
1.
readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived, etc.; obvious; evident:
a palpable lie; palpable absurdity.
2.
capable of being touched or felt; tangible.
3.
Medicine/Medical. perceptible by palpation.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin palpābilis that can be touched, equivalent to palpā(re) to stroke, touch, palpate1 + -bilis -ble
Related forms
palpability, palpableness, noun
palpably, adverb
nonpalpability, noun
nonpalpable, adjective
nonpalpably, adverb
unpalpable, adjective
unpalpably, adverb
Synonyms
1. manifest, plain. 2. material, corporeal.
Antonyms
1. obscure.
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British Dictionary definitions for palpability

palpable

/ˈpælpəbəl/
adjective
1.
(usually prenominal) easily perceived by the senses or the mind; obvious: the excuse was a palpable lie
2.
capable of being touched; tangible
3.
(med) capable of being discerned by the sense of touch: a palpable tumour
Derived Forms
palpability, palpableness, noun
palpably, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin palpābilis that may be touched, from Latin palpāre to stroke, touch
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Word Origin and History for palpability

palpable

adj.

late 14c., "that can be touched," from Late Latin palpabilis "that may be touched or felt," from Latin palpare "touch gently, stroke" (see feel (v.)). Figurative sense of "easily perceived, evident" also is from late 14c. Related: Palpably.

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palpability in Medicine

palpable pal·pa·ble (pāl'pə-bəl)
n.

  1. Perceptible to touch; capable of being palpated.

  2. Evident; obvious.

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