ki·​ne·​si·​ol·​o·​gy | \ kə-ˌnē-sē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce kinesiology (audio) , kī-, -zē- \

Definition of kinesiology

: the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement

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kinesiologist \ kə-​ˌnē-​sē-​ˈä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce kinesiologist (audio) , kī-​ , -​zē-​ How to pronounce kinesiologist (audio) \ noun

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Kinesiologists study the acquisition of motor skills, the mechanical aspects of movement, and the body's responses to physical activity. A kinesiologist may work in a public-school fitness program, design exercise programs for people with and without disabilities, or work with patients recovering from disease, accidents, and surgery. As a field of research, kinesiology focuses particularly on the mechanics of muscular activity.

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Recent Examples on the Web George was a sophomore honors student majoring in kinesiology and had hoped to be a health professional. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Man Out on Parole Allegedly Strangled Honors Student in Parking Garage When She Ignored His Catcalls," 26 Nov. 2019 The dots are fixed in place with kinesiology tape patches called Tiger Tape. Terry Gardner,, "Unexpectedly useful gadgets for your next outdoor adventure," 12 July 2019 Lueck is a part-time student at the University of Utah in her senior year majoring in kinesiology and pre-nursing. Washington Post, "Search for missing student turns up ‘person of interest’," 27 June 2019 For Alejandra Peralta-Werns, a senior studying kinesiology in UWM's College of Health Sciences, multiple scholarships transformed her college experience. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's what $251 million in fundraising means: 'The gifts really touch every corner of UWM'," 13 Sep. 2019 Mazza, 24, has a degree in kinesiology and, in his previous job, was a coach for two years at Orangetheory Fitness. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Chargers confident Trent Scott can tackle job of protecting Philip Rivers’ blind side," 6 Sep. 2019 The Los Gatos program has two new fitness classes, hosted by West Valley College kinesiology instructor Mary Ann Smith. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Saratoga community briefs for the week of Aug. 30," 25 Aug. 2019 Williams, who graduated last semester with a business management degree and is working on a bachelor’s in kinesiology, nearly quit the team two years ago because football had become drudgery. New York Times, "Why a Clemson-Alabama Title Game Is Probably Inevitable," 30 Aug. 2019 Lueck was a senior studying pre-nursing and kinesiology at the University of Utah. Olivia Sanchez, USA TODAY, "Suspect in Utah student Mackenzie Lueck's death is charged in a second case," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of kinesiology

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kinesiology

Greek kinēsis

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The first known use of kinesiology was in 1894

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5 Dec 2019

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“Kinesiology.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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ki·​ne·​si·​ol·​o·​gy | \ kə-ˌnē-sē-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce kinesiology (audio) , kī- How to pronounce kinesiology (audio) , -zē- \
plural kinesiologies

Medical Definition of kinesiology

: the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement

Other Words from kinesiology

kinesiologic \ -​ō-​ˈläj-​ik How to pronounce kinesiologic (audio) \ or kinesiological \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce kinesiological (audio) \ adjective

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