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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Lueck was a senior at the University of Utah, majoring in kinesiology. CBS News, "Utah student's accused killer allegedly tried to have sound-proof room built," 1 July 2019 Groeneveld said Eastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, and Illinois State University, among others, offer courses in kinesiology. Rachel K. Hindery,, "Getting physical discussed in Elmwood Park," 24 June 2019 Myers graduated with a degree in kinesiology in just three years. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Baltimore-area sports new: Laurel Park hosting early post time on Saturday for Belmont," 6 June 2019 Lueck was a part-time senior studying kinesiology and pre-nursing who had been enrolled since 2014, according to a statement on the University of Utah's website. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Who was Mackenzie Lueck? Friends remember the slain Utah college student as a friendly 'ball of light'," 1 July 2019 Lueck was a part-time student at the University of Utah in her senior year majoring in kinesiology and pre-nursing. Lindsay Whitehurst,, "Missing Utah college student Mackenzie Lueck was killed, man arrested, police say," 28 June 2019 Lueck is a part-time student in her senior year majoring in kinesiology and pre-nursing. Fox News, "Last known person texting with missing Utah student Mackenzie Lueck is cooperating with investigation: police," 26 June 2019 Lueck is enrolled part time at the university, majoring in kinesiology and pre-nursing and minoring in health. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Police release last known images of missing Utah college student, ask for tips," 26 June 2019 There’s no apparent joy in these painful exertions, and the occasional signs of a wider life — practicing kinesiology, getting lost inside a virtual-reality headset — fail to banish the movie’s disconsolate monotony. Denis Côté, New York Times, "Review: Six Strongmen Cultivate ‘A Skin So Soft’," 5 July 2018

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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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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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