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palpate

verb pal·pate \ˈpal-ˌpāt\

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

pal·pat·edpal·pat·ing

Full Definition of PALPATE

transitive verb
:  to examine by touch especially medically
pal·pa·tion \pal-ˈpā-shən\ noun

Examples of PALPATE

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

Origin of PALPATE

probably back-formation from palpation, from Latin palpation-, palpatio, from palpare
First Known Use: circa 1852

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palpate

verb pal·pate \ˈpal-ˌpāt\   (Medical Dictionary)
pal·pat·edpal·pat·ing

Medical Definition of PALPATE

transitive verb
:  to examine by touch :  explore by palpation
intransitive verb
:  to use the technique of palpation

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