verb (used with object), pal·pat·ed, pal·pat·ing.

  1. to examine by touch, especially for the purpose of diagnosing disease or illness.


  1. (tr) med to examine (an area of the body) by the sense of touch and pressure


  1. zoology of, relating to, or possessing a palp or palps

v.“examine by touch,” c.1850, a back-formation from palpation, or else from Latin palpatus, past participle of palpare “to touch” (see feel (v.)). Related: Palpated; palpating. v.

  1. To examine by feeling and pressing with the palms of the hands and the fingers.
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