Origin of palpate; from Classical Latin palpatus, past participle of palpare, to touch: see palpable
Origin of palpateModern Latin palpatus: see palpus and amp; -ate
transitive verbpal·pat·ed, pal·pat·ing, pal·pates
Origin of palpateLatin palp&amacron;re, palp&amacron;t-, to touch gently; see p&amacron;l- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present palpates, present participle palpating, simple past and past participle palpated)
- to examine, or otherwise explore, (usually an area or organ of the human body) by feeling it
- I palpated his expired heart.
From Latin palpÄtus, perfect passive participle of palpÅ (“touch softly").