Simple Definition of palpate
medical : to examine (part of the body) by touching it
Full Definition of palpate
: to examine by touch especially medically
Examples of palpate in a sentence
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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