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, a sophomore who was studying kinesiology, was an aspiring physical therapist. Katie Reilly, Time, "A Chicago Student Ignored a Man's Late-Night Catcalls. Now He's Charged With Her Murder," 27 Nov. 2019 Killingsworth is majoring in pre-med, while UIC officials said George, a member of the honors college, was studying kinesiology with the goal of becoming a physical therapist. Megan Crepeau,, "Murder suspect grew frustrated when UIC student didn’t react to his catcalls, prosecutors allege," 25 Nov. 2019 Lueck, a pre-nursing student studying kinesiology, went missing June 17 after arriving at the Salt Lake City airport following her grandmother’s funeral in Los Angeles. Alejandra Reyes-velarde,, "Mackenzie Lueck: Grieving Utah university will hold vigil for slain nursing student from El Segundo," 1 July 2019 Chizzo hopes to major in biology or kinesiology next year, with the ultimate goal of working in physical therapy with children with special needs. Rich Mayor,, "With her sister in mind, OPRF’s Natalie Chizzo excited to play, study at Northwestern," 5 Oct. 2019 Cable will major in kinesiology at Texas A&M University. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Here are this year’s Majestic Court winners," 12 Feb. 2020 Lundblade plans on majoring in business marketing with a minor in exercise science or kinesiology. Dallas News, "Boys basketball player of the week (1/26): Grapevine Faith Christian’s Tyler Lundblade," 26 Jan. 2020 Balkovec, who was a catcher on the softball teams at Creighton University and New Mexico, earned a master’s degree in kinesiology from Louisiana State University in 2012. Lindsay Berra, New York Times, "Yankees Hire a Woman as a Minor League Hitting Coach," 22 Nov. 2019 That includes the new public health degree program, which was created out of the current kinesiology and sociology departments and will have to earn accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health. Alia Malik,, "UTSA reorganizing health and public policy programs into a new college," 15 Oct. 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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27 Mar 2020

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“Kinesiology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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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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