palpate

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verb pal·pate \ ˈpal-ˌpāt \

Definition of palpate

palpated; palpating
transitive verb
:to examine by touch especially medically

palpation

play \pal-ˈpā-shən\ noun

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Examples of palpate in a Sentence

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

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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 and Etymology of palpate

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


PALPATE Defined for English Language Learners

palpate

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verb

Definition of palpate for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

palpate

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verb pal·pate \ ˈpal-ˌpāt \

medical Definition of palpate

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

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