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a method of determining the outlines of organs or masses by lightly palpating the surface with the tip of a finger.
Etymology: AS, leoht + Fr, toucher + L, palpare, to touch gently
a method of examination in which the abdomen is gently depressed 1 to 2 cm to determine the size and position of abdominal organs.
The process of determining the outline of abdominal organs by lightly palpating the abdominal wall with the fingers.
See also: palpation