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palpate1

[pal-peyt] /ˈpæl peɪt/
verb (used with object), palpated, palpating.
1.
to examine by touch, especially for the purpose of diagnosing disease or illness.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; < Latin palpātus, past participle of palpāre to stroke, touch; see palpus, -ate1
Related forms
palpation, noun
palpatory
[pal-puh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈpæl pəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective

palpate2

[pal-peyt] /ˈpæl peɪt/
adjective, Zoology
1.
having a palpus or palpi.
Origin
1855-60; palp(us) + -ate1
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Examples from the web for palpate
  • It was so easy to palpate, he continued, that he asked the patient if she had felt it herself.
  • In a patient one year old or less, palpate a brachial pulse.
British Dictionary definitions for palpate

palpate1

/ˈpælpeɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) (med) to examine (an area of the body) by the sense of touch and pressure
Derived Forms
palpation, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Latin palpāre to stroke

palpate2

/ˈpælpeɪt/
adjective
1.
(zoology) of, relating to, or possessing a palp or palps
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Word Origin and History for 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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palpate in Medicine

palpate pal·pate (pāl'pāt')
v. pal·pat·ed, pal·pat·ing, pal·pates
To examine by feeling and pressing with the palms of the hands and the fingers.


pal·pa'tion n.
pal'pa'tor n.
pal'pa·tor'y (-pə-tôr'ē) adj.
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