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pal·pate 1

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.

[Latin palpāre, palpāt-, to touch gently; see pāl- in Indo-European roots.]

pal·pa′tion n.
pal′pa′tor n.
pal′pa·tor′y (-pə-tôr′ē) adj.

pal·pate 2

Having a palp or palps.
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It may better mirror how many (but certainly not all) manual therapists detect hypomobility in typical clinical settings: the palpator examines the spine for hypomobile sites that are relatively near the area of the patient's complaints.
An experienced palpator then determined using manual static palpation the location of the SP that lined up most closely to the right IAS.
An observer placed their fingers over the fingers of the first palpator, which were subsequently taken away, to mark the contact for the second palpator.