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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.


(Animals) a type of beetle with long maxillary appendages
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I'll admit I'm not the best thyroid palpator, but the goiter was either greatly reduced or gone.
Several authors (7, 21-25) have pointed out that when an examiner's fingers are placed on the "iliac crests", in reality the palpator is compressing soft tissue (in some cases quite a lot of soft tissue) between the fingertips and the crest; this may help to explain the bias toward cephalad measurement errors.
Cure auceps temporum palpator abscessit, cure priuati latus nudum desertor adsecla foedauit: tunc laceratae donuts plagae conscientiam feriunt, tunc rei familiaris exhaustae damna noscuntur, quibus redemptus fauor uulgi et caducis adque inanibus uotis popularis aura quaesita est.
The less confident palpator scored 12/34 (35%) assessments as "not confident" whereas the more confident palpator scored 7/34 (21%) as "not confident".