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Pronunciation: pal-pa'shun


  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]

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