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palpation (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, vibrations in the chest, etc. 2. Touching, feeling, or perceiving by the sense of touch. [L. palpatio, fr. palpo, pp. -atus, to touch, stroke]
bimanual p. use of both hands to feel organs or masses, especially in the abdomen or pelvis.
light-touch p. a method of determining the outlines of organs or masses by lightly palpating the surface with the tip of a finger.


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