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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
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British Dictionary definitions for palpation

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 palpation
n.

late 15c., from Middle French palpation, from Latin palpationem (nominative palpatio) "stroking, flattering, flattery," noun of action from past participle stem of palpare "to touch" (see feel (v.)). Used in English in literal sense.

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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palpation 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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