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that is painful. or something that is soft.

i've been holding this within me for years and years, and was always too afraid to ask the question. but when you see the word Tender in medical books, and no other informations is given, do you assume they mean painful, or soft?

If something is 'tender to touch'. does that mean its soft on palpation? or does that mean it induces pain on palpation?
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In medicine Tender means painful to touch, when u palpate an organ and it hurts u can say it's tender
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It means painful. It has nothing to do with consistency, we often use terms such as
Soft, Firm, Hard, Cystic etc to define consistency.

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I understand your confusion
In medicine,Tender=pain
In outside world,Tender=caress(endearing manner)
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