palpable


pal·pa·ble

adjective \ˈpal-pə-bəl\

: obvious and noticeable

Full Definition of PALPABLE

1
:  capable of being touched or felt :  tangible
2
:  easily perceptible :  noticeable <a palpable difference>
3
:  easily perceptible by the mind :  manifest
pal·pa·bil·i·ty \ˌpal-pə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
pal·pa·bly \ˈpal-pə-blē\ adverb

Examples of PALPABLE

  1. I felt a palpable sense of relief.
  2. The attraction between them was palpable.
  3. There was a palpable excitement in the air as the town prepared for the festival.
  4. A positive patch-test result, measured by a visible and palpable localized response, denotes a delayed hypersensitivity response … —Simon Kallal et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 7 Feb. 2008

Origin of PALPABLE

Middle English, from Late Latin palpabilis, from Latin palpare to stroke, caress — more at feel
First Known Use: 14th century

pal·pa·ble

adjective \ˈpal-pə-bəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PALPABLE

: capable of being touched or felt; especially : capable of being examined by palpation <the tip of the spleen was questionably palpableJournal of the American Medical Association>

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