Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb examine (a body part) by palpation

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • 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.

    Between Expectations

  • 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.

    Between Expectations

  • This separation can be felt as you do a partial crunch, lifting your head and shoulders while you palpate the midline of your abs.

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  • This separation can be felt as you do a partial crunch, lifting your head and shoulders while you palpate the midline of your abs.

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  • Or more importantly, someone has a finding on their body, for example, tenderness when you palpate the abdomen ...

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  • That Nice Dr. Pomper: Oh good, I can palpate some pee in there.

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  • 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.

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  • Slavin just wouldn't know what to do with himself if he wasn't able to gently palpate another man's broad shoulders.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Origins

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