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a. Capable of being handled, touched, or felt; tangible: "Anger rushed out in a palpable wave through his arms and legs" (Herman Wouk).
b. Medicine Capable of being felt by palpating: a palpable tumor.
2. Easily perceived; obvious: "There was a palpable sense of expectation in the court" (Nelson DeMille). See Synonyms at perceptible.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin palpābilis, from Latin palpāre, to touch gently; see pāl- in Indo-European roots.]

pal′pa·bil′i·ty n.
pal′pa·bly adv.
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Noun1.palpability - the quality of being perceivable by touch
corporality, corporeality, physicalness, materiality - the quality of being physical; consisting of matter
impalpability, intangibility, intangibleness - the quality of being intangible and not perceptible by touch
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The quality or condition of being discernible by touch:
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References in classic literature ?
A half-formed, wholly unexpressed suspicion tossed in it, now heaving itself up, and now sinking into the deep; now gaining palpability, and now losing it.
Growing palpability of connected termite control services is another key trend impacting demand trends in the termite control services market.
The growing trend of 5G technology is expected to pave lucrative growth opportunities for the structured cabling market, upheld by increasing palpability of the technology's trials and deployments worldwide.
This scoring system takes into account the demographic factors like age, gender, hospitalization history, clinical factors like BMI, presence of abdominal scar, palpability of gall bladder and sonographic features like wall thickness, pericholecystic collection and impacted stone as the predictors of difficulty.
A blinded physician visually rated the effects of saline versus hyaluronidase at 4 weeks and found a significant difference between assessments of the hyaluronidase-treated sites and saline control sites at 4 weeks, favoring the hyaluronidase sites for visual detection (mean difference, 1.15; P less than .001) and palpability (mean difference, 1.22; P less than .001).
The researchers found that at four weeks and four months there were significant differences in physician rater assessment for visual detection and palpability between saline and hyaluronidase; this was mirrored by participant self-assessment at four weeks and four months.
The patient underwent excisional biopsy due to superficial location of the lesion and palpability. The histopathological findings were compatible with nodular hiradenoma.
Palpation of medial pterygoid itself requires placing the finger in the lateral aspect of the pharyngeal wall of the throat - a process not only difficult but highly uncomfortable for the patient.3 Other clinicians, however, raise doubts about the palpability and the reliability of palpation of pterygoid muscles.10 They believe that these muscles can be better evaluated by means of "functional manipulation".
Patient's demographic and clinical data including age, gender, and durationof symptoms, tumour size, laterality and palpability of tumour were recorded from clinical records and the histopathology findings, including the gross and microscopic findings, were obtained from pathology reports.
Although safe and effective, possible complications associated with the use of titanium hardware include palpability and visibility, which affect the reconstructive aspect of surgery.
In these cases, or in the presence of pocket complications such as infection, pain, palpability, or exposure, plastic surgeons may be consulted for reimplanting the device using a subpectoral approach [4].
In relation to the clinical examination of pseudohypertension, Osler's maneuver is to be performed for assessing the palpability of pulsation of the radial and/or brachial artery distal to a point of the suspected arterial pathology.