verb (used with object), pal·pat·ed, pal·pat·ing.
- to examine by touch, especially for the purpose of diagnosing disease or illness.
- (tr) med to examine (an area of the body) by the sense of touch and pressure
- 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.
- To examine by feeling and pressing with the palms of the hands and the fingers.