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.
The information shown above for palpation is provided by Stedman's.
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