in·​ter·​o·​cep·​tive ˌin-tə-rō-ˈsep-tiv How to pronounce interoceptive (audio)
: of, relating to, or being stimuli arising within the body and especially in the viscera

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As the dpIns is thought to be an interoceptive region, this result is consistent with the idea that the aMCC is involved in turning interoception into conscious emotional experience. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 5 May 2017 Mental-health professionals are coming up with techniques to help people improve their ‘interoceptive’ awareness. WSJ, 14 Aug. 2022 There are links between poor interoceptive ability and depression. Eleanor Morgan,, 12 Nov. 2021 In relevant research, scientists have shown that being interoceptive helps regulate our emotions and therefore reduce anxiety and depression. Modar Bakir, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Fundamental questions remain about how interoceptive experiences arise—and for whom. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, 10 June 2021 One form of therapy that can help with panic attacks, Gallagher said, is interoceptive exposures. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2021 Here value is a way of describing a brain’s estimation of its body’s state (i.e., interoceptive and skeletomotor predictions) and how that state will change as the animal moves or encodes something new. Dean Mobbs, Scientific American, 20 Sep. 2019 Work in humans with amygdala lesions has dissociated fear of teloreceptive stimuli (snakes, spiders, etc.) from fear of interoceptive stimuli (suffocation). Dean Mobbs, Scientific American, 20 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History


interior + -o- + -ceptive (as in receptive)

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of interoceptive was in 1906

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Cite this Entry

“Interoceptive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


in·​tero·​cep·​tive ˌint-ə-rō-ˈsep-tiv How to pronounce interoceptive (audio)
: of, relating to, or being stimuli arising within the body and especially in the viscera
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