kinesiology

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

Definition of kinesiology

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from kinesiology

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

Did You Know?

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 She’s heading to Utah State in 2021-22 with plans to study business or kinesiology. oregonlive, "Oregon high school season preview: Cross country athletes eager to get ‘fall’ season off to a running start," 26 Feb. 2021 Saucedo, the onetime St. Ignatius captain who now teaches kinesiology and coaches soccer at Skyline College in San Bruno, intercepted a Brady pass during their 1993 game at Kezar Stadium. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Long before the NFL, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers left NorCal foes in awe," 22 Jan. 2021 Thompson is majoring in interdisciplinary studies and kinesiology. Staff Report, NOLA.com, "LSU senior from New Orleans honored for community service, and more metro college news," 30 Dec. 2020 The question of why running spares so many runners’ knees has long intrigued Ross Miller, an associate professor of kinesiology at the University of Maryland in College Park. Gretchen Reynolds, Star Tribune, "Why running won't ruin your knees," 6 Nov. 2020 After graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism and a kinesiology minor, Shae's sports broadcasting career took off. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "ESPN's newest duo the Cornettes: She's an IU grad, he played basketball at Notre Dame," 3 Nov. 2020 Fullerton is basically a parking lot with some buildings for kinesiology classes that baseball players attend in between bunting drills. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Justin Turner's selfish act ruined the Dodgers' World Series victory and broke my heart," 31 Oct. 2020 Lueck has been remembered as a bubbly, nurturing person who belonged to a sorority and was a part-time senior at the University of Utah studying kinesiology and pre-nursing. NBC News, "Mackenzie Lueck case: Tech worker pleads guilty in death of Utah college student," 8 Oct. 2020 Lueck has been remembered as a bubbly, nurturing person who belonged to a sorority and was a part-time senior at the University of Utah studying kinesiology and pre-nursing. CBS News, "Tech worker pleads guilty to killing Utah college student, will avoid death penalty," 8 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'kinesiology.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of kinesiology

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kinesiology

Greek kinēsis

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about kinesiology

Time Traveler for kinesiology

Time Traveler

The first known use of kinesiology was in 1894

See more words from the same year

Statistics for kinesiology

Last Updated

2 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Kinesiology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kinesiology. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for kinesiology

kinesiology

noun
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 kinesiology (audio) \ or kinesiological \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce kinesiology (audio) \ adjective

Comments on kinesiology

What made you want to look up kinesiology? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!