To examine by touch or feel. On the physical examination of a patient, the edge of an enlarged liver may often be palpated below the rib cage. Palpate comes from the Latin "palpare" (to stroke or to pat). Just as the Latin word means to touch or feel lightly, that is how a doctor palpates the abdomen.
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To examine by feeling and pressing with the palms of the hands and the fingers.

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pal·pate 'pal-.pāt vb, -pat·ed; -pat·ing vt to examine by touch: explore by palpation vi to use the technique of palpation

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pal·pate (palґpāt) [L. palpare to touch] to examine by the hand; to feel.

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