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  • n. The act of feeling or pushing on various parts of a patient’s body to determine medical condition such as the normality of organs or the presence or absence of tumors, swelling, muscle tension, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Act of touching or feeling.
  • n. Examination of a patient by touch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of touching; feeling by the sense of touch.
  • n. Specifically, in medicine, manual examination, or a method of exploring various organs by feeling them with the hand or hands.

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

  • n. a method of examination in which the examiner feels the size or shape or firmness or location of something (of body parts when the examiner is a health professional)


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From palpate + -tion


  • The average size of tumors detected by palpation is about 45 billion cells and about an inch and a quarter in diameter; these tumors have doubled an additional eight or nine times.

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  • This equals a median reduction of 52 percent in the length of the spleen below the ribcage, measured by palpation, which is how spleen size is typically measured in clinical practice.

    EurekAlert! - Breaking News

  • The ads promote a quick physical exam, called palpation, in which doctors feel for unusual lumps in the thyroid, a small gland in the front of the neck.

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  • In fact, in this report there's also some commentary about the role of breast palpation which is not being encouraged.

    CNN Transcript Nov 17, 2009

  • One of the cardinal features of fibromyalgia is extreme pain upon palpation of at least 11 of 18 so-called tender points across the body.

    Study links obesity to greater pain, weakness in fibromyalgia patients

  • By 90 days, the fetus drops out of range of the ultrasound and manual rectal palpation is used to monitor the foal.

    Liz O'Connell: The Patter of Hooves

  • The patient must report feeling pain in 11 of 18 tender sites on digital palpation with 4 kg of force which are located bilaterally on the body.

    Dana Ullman: Exploring the Research on Homeopathic Treatment for Fibromyalgia

  • Because so much of diagnosis now depends on lab tests and imaging, the physical exam, including the time-honored rituals of auscultation (listening with a stethoscope) and palpation (touching parts of the body), has become less important; but skipping it short-circuits an essential part of the healing encounter, the “laying on of hands.”

    After the Diagnosis

  • Still nothing to see, but on careful palpation, I noticed the skin there felt just a little raised and irregular.

    Mohs Nose Woes - Part 1

  • Prostate cancer is screened for by a prostate exam (palpation of the prostate by rectal exam) and a blood test called prostate-specific antigen (PSA).



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