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
Origin: [L. palpatio, fr. palpare. See Palpable.]
Palpation is used as part of a physical examination in which an object is felt to determine its size, shape, firmness, or location. Palpation should not be confused with palpitation, which is an awareness of the beating of the heart.
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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.
The numerical value of palpation in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of palpation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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