Definition of palpate
: to examine by touch especially medically
palpationplay \pal-ˈpā-shən\ noun
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Examples of palpate in a Sentence
The doctor palpated his ribs to see if there was any tenderness.
Recent Examples of palpate from the Web
On Friday afternoon, using blue chalk paint, Stacy Levy plans to palpate a few sidewalks on the Upper East Side of Manhattan to visualize the path of a stream, now out of sight, that has been running since ancient times.
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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
First Known Use: circa 1852See Words from the same year
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Definition of palpate for English Language Learners
medical : to examine (part of the body) by touching it
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