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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive 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.

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  • v. to examine, or otherwise explore, (usually an area or organ of the human body) by feeling it
  • adj. of palp, or having palp

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To examine for medical purposes by touching, as of body parts.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. examine (a body part) by palpation

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin palpāre, palpāt-, to touch gently.

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From Latin palpātus, perfect passive participle of palpō ("touch softly").

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