1 [pal-peyt]
verb (used with object), palpated, palpating.
to examine by touch, especially for the purpose of diagnosing disease or illness.

1840–50; < Latin palpātus, past participle of palpāre to stroke, touch; see palpus, -ate1

palpation, noun
palpatory [pal-puh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective Unabridged


2 [pal-peyt]
adjective Zoology.
having a palpus or palpi.

1855–60; palp(us) + -ate1 Unabridged
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palpate1 (ˈpælpeɪt)
(tr) med to examine (an area of the body) by the sense of touch and pressure
[C19: from Latin palpāre to stroke]

palpate2 (ˈpælpeɪt)
zoology of, relating to, or possessing a palp or palps

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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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Example sentences
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.
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