palpate(redirected from palpates)
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tr.v. pal·pat·ed, pal·pat·ing, pal·pates
To examine or explore by touching (an organ or area of the body), usually as a diagnostic aid.
pal′pa·tor′y (-pə-tôr′ē) adj.
Having a palp or palps.
(Medicine) (tr) med to examine (an area of the body) by the sense of touch and pressure
[C19: from Latin palpāre to stroke]
(Zoology) zoology of, relating to, or possessing a palp or palps
v.t. -pat•ed, -pat•ing.
to examine by touch, esp. for the purpose of diagnosing disease or illness.
[1840–50; < Latin palpātus, past participle of palpāre to stroke, touch, derivative of palpus palm of the hand; see -ate1]
pal′pa•to`ry (-pəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.
Zool. having a palpus or palpi.
Past participle: palpated
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|Verb||1.||palpate - examine (a body part) by palpation; "The nurse palpated the patient's stomach"; "The runner felt her pulse"|
practice of medicine, medicine - the learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries; "he studied medicine at Harvard"
touch - make physical contact with, come in contact with; "Touch the stone for good luck"; "She never touched her husband"
feel - grope or feel in search of something; "He felt for his wallet"