in·​ter·​o·​cep·​tive | \ˌin-tə-rō-ˈsep-tiv \

Definition of interoceptive 

: of, relating to, or being stimuli arising within the body and especially in the viscera

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The region that integrates all this interoceptive information is the insula, a fold in the center of the brain. Helen Thomson, WSJ, "Strange Stories of Extraordinary Brains—and What We Can Learn From Them," 29 June 2018 For one, there is some evidence to suggest that people with high anxiety sensitivity also may be unusually sensitive to interoceptive cues — that is, physiological signals, and perhaps especially those associated with anxiety, like a pounding heart. Melissa Dahl, The Cut, "Was Anyone Else Worried They Were Accidentally Going to Look Directly at the Eclipse?," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of interoceptive

1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for interoceptive

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

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The first known use of interoceptive was in 1906

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in·​tero·​cep·​tive | \ˌint-ə-rō-ˈsep-tiv \

Medical Definition of interoceptive 

: of, relating to, or being stimuli arising within the body and especially in the viscera

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