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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.palpation - a method of examination in which the examiner feels the size or shape or firmness or location of something (of body parts when the examiner is a health professional)
touching, touch - the act of putting two things together with no space between them; "at his touch the room filled with lights"
ballottement - a palpatory technique for feeling a floating object in the body (especially for determining the position of a fetus by feeling the rebound of the fetus after a quick digital tap on the wall of the uterus)
examination, scrutiny - the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
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An act of touching:
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n. palpación, acto de tocar y examinar con las manos un área del cuerpo.
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Past studies on the accuracy of lumbar static palpation should be re-interpreted considering these findings, since reported accuracy rates in those studies assumed that TL corresponded to the L4 spinous process or the L4-5 interspace.
Eighty-three percent reported that static palpation should be performed on all routine patient encounters.
Inclusion criterion for an article to be included in this review was that it concerned the intraexaminer or interexaminer reliability of static palpation of the PSIS(s) and was published in an English language peer reviewed journal.
The accuracy of spinal static palpation has been addressed by validity studies that compared its results with an imaging reference standard.
Static palpation of the left elbow region revealed multiple areas of tenderness in the common wrist extensor muscles just distal to their insertion site.
Motion and static palpation revealed severe loss of thoracic zygopophyseal/ joint function from T1-9.