ki·​ne·​si·​ol·​o·​gy kə-ˌnē-sē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce kinesiology (audio)
-zē- How to pronounce kinesiology (audio)
: the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement
kinesiologist 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.

Examples of kinesiology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Reach Bryant Stamford, a professor of kinesiology and integrative physiology at Hanover College, at Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 22 Feb. 2024 Norton, who has a background in kinesiology, launched the annual retreat with the intention of getting guests to slow down and be present in the environment. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 18 Jan. 2024 We're also impressed by the manufacturer’s patented K-Zone technology, which functions like kinesiology taping without the tape. Sarah Bradley, Verywell Health, 5 Feb. 2024 The top responses: business (such as marketing), technology (like computer science or information technology), health care (like kinesiology or nursing), and arts (such as photography or music). Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Jan. 2024 Berry's father – Henderson Hall of Fame member Clyde Berry – served as head football coach, baseball coach and kinesiology professor at various times during the 1960s through the 1980s. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Arkansas Online, 1 Nov. 2023 Donofrio was studying kinesiology and exercise science, according to his LinkedIn profile. Julianne McShane, NBC News, 31 Aug. 2023 How heat can kill on the job Heat stroke is a deadly condition in which the body’s core temperature can rise above 104 degrees, said W. Larry Kenney, professor of physiology and kinesiology at Penn State. Chris Isidore, CNN, 21 July 2023 The daughter of Alisha and Darryl Kelley, the Grant senior plans to study biology or kinesiology at a college or university. oregonlive, 9 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


Greek kinēsis

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of kinesiology was in 1894

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“Kinesiology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition


ki·​ne·​si·​ol·​o·​gy kə-ˌnē-sē-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce kinesiology (audio) kī- How to pronounce kinesiology (audio)
plural kinesiologies
: the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement
kinesiologic adjective
or kinesiological
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