pal·​pa·​tion pal-ˈpā-shən How to pronounce palpation (audio)
: an act of touching or feeling
: physical examination in medical diagnosis by pressure of the hand or fingers to the surface of the body especially to determine the condition (as of size or consistency) of an underlying part or organ
palpation of the liver
palpation of cervical lymph glands
compare inspection

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“Palpation.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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