palpate (v.) c.1850, from pp. stem of L. palpare "to touch" (see FEEL (Cf. feel) (v.)). Related: Palpated; palpating.

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  • palpate — v. t. To examine for medical purposes by touching, as of body parts; as, the nurse palpated the patient s stomach. Syn: feel. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • palpate — vb *touch, feel, handle, paw …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • palpate — ► VERB ▪ examine (a part of the body) by touch, especially for medical purposes. DERIVATIVES palpation noun …   English terms dictionary

  • palpate — palpate1 [pal′pāt΄] vt. palpated, palpating [< L palpatus, pp. of palpare, to touch: see PALPABLE] to examine by touching, as for medical diagnosis palpation n. palpate2 [pal′pāt΄, pal′pit] adj. [ModL palpatus: see PALPUS & …   English World dictionary

  • palpate — UK [pælˈpeɪt] / UK [ˈpælpeɪt] / US [ˈpælˌpeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms palpate : present tense I/you/we/they palpate he/she/it palpates present participle palpating past tense palpated past participle palpated medical to examine a part of… …   English dictionary

  • Palpate — 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… …   Medical dictionary

  • palpate — transitive verb (palpated; palpating) Etymology: probably back formation from palpation, from Latin palpation , palpatio, from palpare Date: circa 1852 to examine by touch especially medically • palpation noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • palpate — palpate1 palpation, n. palpatory /pal peuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. /pal payt/, v.t., palpated, palpating. to examine by touch, esp. for the purpose of diagnosing disease or illness. [1840 50; < L palpatus, ptp. of palpare to stroke, touch; see… …   Universalium

  • palpate — 1. verb /ˈpælpeɪt/ to examine, or otherwise explore, (usually an area or organ of the human body) by feeling it I palpated his expired heart. Syn: touch 2. adjective /ˈpælpeɪt/ of palp, or having palp See Al …   Wiktionary

  • palpate — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To bring the hands or fingers, for example, into contact with so as to give or receive a physical sensation: feel, finger, handle, touch. See TOUCH …   English dictionary for students

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