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

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]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

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.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

palpation

Examination by feeling with the fingers and hands.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

Palpation

The examination of the body using the sense of touch. There are two types: light and deep.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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