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.

Examples of kinesiology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Today, Matthew Mason is studying for his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and hopes to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner. NBC News, "Organizer's gay son opposes 'Straight Pride' event," 6 Aug. 2019 Willekes said his younger brother arrived at MSU about two weeks ago to major in kinesiology and plans to walk on to the football team as a linebacker, just like Kenny did in 2015 straight out of high school. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Kenny Willekes' brother, Charles, takes different path to Michigan State football walk-on," 20 July 2019 Lueck was a sorority sister and a part-time senior at the University of Utah studying kinesiology and pre-nursing. Olivia Sanchez, USA TODAY, "Suspect in disappearance, death of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck charged with murder," 10 July 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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10 Oct 2019

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The first known use of kinesiology was in 1894

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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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