Etymology
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palpation (n.)

"act of touching, feeling by the sense of touch," late 15c. (Caxton), from French palpation, from Latin palpationem (nominative palpatio) "a stroking; flattering, flattery," noun of action from past-participle stem of palpare "to touch" (see palpable). Used in English in literal sense.

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Definitions of palpation

palpation (n.)
a method of examination in which the examiner feels the size or shape or firmness or location of something (of body parts when the examiner is a health professional);
Synonyms: tactual exploration
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