American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To examine or explore by touching (an organ or area of the body), usually as a diagnostic aid. See Synonyms at touch.
- adj. Having a palp or palps.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To feel or feel for, as if with a palp; explore by touch, as with the fingers; perform palpation upon; manipulate.
- Provided with palps.
- v. to examine, or otherwise explore, (usually an area or organ of the human body) by feeling it
- adj. of palp, or having palp
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To examine for medical purposes by touching, as of body parts.
- v. examine (a body part) by palpation
- From Latin palpātus, perfect passive participle of palpō ("touch softly"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin palpāre, palpāt-, to touch gently. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This separation can be felt as you do a partial crunch, lifting your head and shoulders while you palpate the midline of your abs.”
“That Nice Dr. Pomper: Oh good, I can palpate some pee in there.”
“Trokon does not look up, so I palpate the abdomen again, stepping my fingers over the edge of the mass, a smooth and hard barrier to my probing hands.”
“Or more importantly, someone has a finding on their body, for example, tenderness when you palpate the abdomen ...”
“If he pressed down with his fingertips he could palpate the skin, make out her organs beneath it: stomach, liver, spleen, upper intestines, lower intestines, bladder.”
“Slavin just wouldn't know what to do with himself if he wasn't able to gently palpate another man's broad shoulders.”
“Failure to monitor his patient's post surgical temperature, failure to palpate a growing mass in his stomach, and a growing tenderness in the patients stomach suggests medical malpractice and medical negligence.”
“In the late eighteenth century, physicians like the German doctor Willhelm Gottfried Ploucquet permitted themselves to palpate the bellies of pregnant women—but only those who were pregnant out of wedlock, poor and desperate, who traded such indignities for a bowl of soup or a place to stay for the night.”
“He sits up and lets me listen to his heart and lungs, he lies back and lets me palpate his abdomen, he dangles his legs off the bed and lets me examine the red papules—raised patches—on his calves and the red dots on his feet.”
“Bring Arctic foxes into kitchen and palpate their bladders until they have urinated on the blueberries.”
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