Meaning of palpate in English:


Pronunciation /palˈpeɪt/

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[with object]
  • Examine (a part of the body) by touch, especially for medical purposes.

    ‘the skin of the lower neck must be palpated for cysts and infection’
    • ‘No mass was palpated on physical examination, and her mammography was negative.’
    • ‘Thyroid masses and lymphadenopathy that cause obstructive dysphagia can be palpated on examination of the neck.’
    • ‘During the examination, the clinician should palpate the skin for temperature changes.’
    • ‘No other lesions were palpated, and the remaining physical examination findings were unremarkable.’
    • ‘On digital rectal examination, a submucosal tumor was palpated at the anorectal junction.’
    • ‘However, follow-up measurements of blood pressure and heart rate were obtained by using a manual cuff with auscultation and palpating the radial artery to ensure the patient's safety.’
    • ‘The surgeon examined the wound carefully, palpating the thigh well beyond the extent of the lesion, paying what I thought was unnecessary attention to the rest of the limb.’
    • ‘An abdominal mass has occasionally been palpated, and rectal examination has frequently revealed a mass in the region of the bladder.’
    • ‘Because the patient was obese, the uterus and ovaries could not be palpated clearly at pelvic examination.’
    • ‘The auricular lymph nodes are palpated by the bilateral placement of both hands on the skin surface with the fingertips arranged to cover a large surface area.’
    • ‘The patella and its supporting structures, bilateral joint lines and collateral ligaments are palpated for tenderness, crepitus and localized swelling.’
    • ‘The examiner then palpated the thyroid area with his right forefinger.’
    • ‘She experienced pain from the medial aspect of her right hand to her right axilla when that area was palpated by the examiner.’
    • ‘During physical examinations, the extremity should be palpated carefully for masses.’
    • ‘If the bald spot is predominantly unilateral, the physician should palpate the occiput for significant flattening.’
    • ‘The physician palpates the joint line on the dorsum of the foot and passively flexes and extends the toe to locate the joint line.’
    • ‘On physical examination, fundal height was 38 cm and a large fetal head was palpated.’
    • ‘Ideally, sites should be palpated rather than just visually examined.’
    • ‘The physician should palpate bony prominences and tendinous insertions near the heel and midfoot, noting any tenderness or palpable defects.’
    • ‘The ureteral catheters enable the surgeon and assistant to see and palpate the ureters during the procedure.’
    massage, press, manipulate, palpate, rub, handle, stroke, feel


Mid 19th century (earlier (late 15th century) as palpation): from Latin palpat- ‘touched gently’, from the verb palpare.