Definitions for palpation
palpation, tactual exploration(noun)
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)
The act of feeling or pushing on various parts of a patientu2019s body to determine medical condition such as the normality of organs or the presence or absence of tumors, swelling, muscle tension, etc.
Origin: From palpate + -tion
act of touching or feeling
examination of a patient by touch
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Application of fingers with light pressure to the surface of the body to determine consistence of parts beneath in physical diagnosis; includes palpation for determining the outlines of organs.