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palpate

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verb, pal·pate \ˈpal-ˌpāt\

Simple Definition of palpate

  • medical : to examine (part of the body) by touching it

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of palpate

palpatedpalpating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to examine by touch especially medically

palpation play \pal-ˈpā-shən\ noun

Examples of palpate in a sentence

  1. The doctor palpated his ribs to see if there was any tenderness.



Did You Know?

Palpate has been part of the English language since at least the mid-19th century. It was probably coined from the preexisting noun form palpation, which itself traces back to the Latin verb palpare, meaning "to stroke or caress." Other descendants of palpare in English include palpable, palpitate, and the verb palp. Even feel itself is a distant cousin of palpitate, as both words can be linked to the same ancient root word that gave Latin palpare.

Origin of palpate

probably back-formation from palpation, from Latin palpation-, palpatio, from palpare


First Known Use: circa 1852

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Medical Dictionary

palpate

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verb pal·pate \ˈpal-ˌpāt\

Medical Definition of palpate

palpated; palpating

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to examine by touch :  explore by palpation

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to use the technique of palpation




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