Definition of palpate in English:

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Pronunciation: /palˈpeɪt/


[with object]
Examine (a part of the body) by touch, especially for medical purposes: the skin of the lower neck must be palpated for cysts and infection
More example sentences
  • No mass was palpated on physical examination, and her mammography was negative.
  • Thyroid masses and lymphadenopathy that cause obstructive dysphagia can be palpated on examination of the neck.
  • During the examination, the clinician should palpate the skin for temperature changes.



Pronunciation: /palˈpeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Some experts have called for ultrasonography and abdominal palpation to detect these aneurysms.
  • Physical examination included sinus palpation and evaluation for nasal edema, erythema, or discharge.
  • The physical examination also should include careful palpation of the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen.


Mid 19th century (earlier (late 15th century) as palpation): from Latin palpat- 'touched gently', from the verb palpare.

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