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to perform palpation.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


To examine by feeling and pressing with the palms of the hands and the fingers.
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palpate 1

tr.v. pal·pated, pal·pating, pal·pates
To examine or explore by touching (an organ or area of the body), usually as a diagnostic aid.

pal·pa′tion n.
pal′pa′tor n.
pal′pa·tor′y (-pə-tôr′ē) adj.

palpate 2

Having a palp or palps.
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To examine by feeling and pressing with the palms of the hands and the fingers.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


To examine the body by touching or pressing with the fingers or the palm of the hand.
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To examine by feeling and pressing with palms of hands and fingers.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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