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palpation

 [pal-pa´shun]
the act of feeling with the hand; the application of the fingers with light pressure to the surface of the body for the purpose of determining the condition of the parts beneath in physical diagnosis.
bimanual palpation palpation with both hands in the physical examination of a patient.
Bimanual palpation. From Gorrie et al., 1994.

pal·pa·tion

(pal-pā'shŭn), Do not confuse this word with palpitation.
1. Examination with the hands, feeling for organs, masses, or infiltration of a part of the body, feeling the heart or pulse beat, or vibrations in the chest.
2. Touching, feeling, or perceiving by the sense of touch.
[L. palpatio, fr. palpo, pp. -atus, to touch, stroke]

palpation

/pal·pa·tion/ (pal-pa´shun) the act of feeling with the hand; the application of the fingers with light pressure to the surface of the body for the purpose of determining the condition of the parts beneath in physical diagnosis.pal´patory

palpation

[palpā′shən]
Etymology: L, palpare, to touch gently
a technique used in physical examination in which the examiner feels the texture, size, consistency, and location of certain body parts with the hands. palpate, v.
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Technique for light palpation
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Technique for deep palpation

palpation

Clinical medicine
1. A part of a physical examination, in which an examiner lighly presses with the hands over the surface to ID lumps, bumps, beating, buzzing, and burbling of the body below. See Percussion. Cf Palpitation.
2. Touching, feeling. Cf Touchy-feely.

pal·pa·tion

(pal-pā'shŭn)
1. Examination with the hands, feeling for organs, masses, or infiltration of a part of the body, feeling the heart or pulse beat, vibrations in the chest, and other diagnostic functions.
Synonym(s): touch (2) .
2. Touching, feeling, or perceiving by the sense of touch.

palpation

Examination by feeling with the fingers and hands.

Palpation

The examination of the body using the sense of touch. There are two types: light and deep.

palpation

examination of a body area by touch.

palpation

examination using the hands, e.g. to outline underlying muscular, vascular or neural structures, determine joint mobility and tissue resistance palpate masses

palpation,

n the use of the sense of touch to assess a patient's health and to diagnose illness.

pal·pa·tion

(pal-pā'shŭn)
Examination with hands, feeling for organs, masses, or infiltration of a body part, feeling the heart or pulse beat, or chest vibrations.

palpation (palpā´shən),

n 1. the act of feeling with the hands or fingers.
n 2. a phase of the examination procedure in which the sense of touch is used to gather information essential for diagnosis.
palpation, bilateral,
n a method of examination in which both hands are used to simultaneously examine and compare symmetrical body structures on opposite sides of the body.

palpation

the technique of examining parts of the body by touching and feeling them.

abdominal palpation
palpation of the contents of the abdomen and the state of the abdominal wall either through the wall or per rectum.
gastric palpation
internal palpation of the stomach via the esophagus is performed in dolphins and other cetaceans.
motion palpation
in chiropractic, examination of the range of movement in vertebral joints.
pharyngeal palpation
palpation via the external wall in small animals; can be performed per os in cattle but requires a mouth speculum for all but the most deft practitioners.
rectal palpation
palpation of the posterior abdomen and the organs in it by inserting the finger (in dogs) or hand and arm (in horses, cattle and pigs) in the rectum.
static palpation
in chiropractic, examination of the vertebral column for alignment and asymmetry and surrounding soft tissues for tone, heat and pain.