kinesthesia

noun
kin·​es·​the·​sia | \ ˌki-nəs-ˈthē-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce kinesthesia (audio) , ˌkī- \
variants: or kinesthesis \ ˌki-​nəs-​ˈthē-​səs How to pronounce kinesthesia (audio) , ˌkī-​ \
plural kinesthesias or kinestheses\ ˌki-​nəs-​ˈthē-​ˌsēz How to pronounce kinesthesia (audio) , ˌkī-​ \

Definition of kinesthesia

: a sense mediated by receptors located in muscles, tendons, and joints and stimulated by bodily movements and tensions also : sensory experience derived from this sense

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Other Words from kinesthesia

kinesthetic \ ˌki-​nəs-​ˈthe-​tik How to pronounce kinesthesia (audio) , ˌkī-​ \ adjective
kinesthetically \ ˌki-​nəs-​ˈthe-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce kinesthesia (audio) , ˌkī-​ \ adverb

Examples of kinesthesia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Neurophysiologists call awareness of the movement and position of one's body parts kinesthesia. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "Researchers Restore “Feeling” to Lost Limbs—Kinda," 14 Mar. 2018 To feel truly lifelike, prosthetics will require not just kinesthesia, but a sense of touch. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "Researchers Restore “Feeling” to Lost Limbs—Kinda," 14 Mar. 2018 The sensation is entirely distinct from touch, yet kinesthesia is equally if not more important for complex motor tasks. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "Researchers Restore “Feeling” to Lost Limbs—Kinda," 14 Mar. 2018 This sense of body position, known as kinesthesia, has proved tricky to build into prosthetic arms. Frankie Schembri, Science | AAAS, "Prosthetic hands feel more real, thanks to some good vibrations," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of kinesthesia

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kinesthesia

New Latin, from Greek kinein + aisthēsis perception — more at anesthesia — see -kinesis

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The first known use of kinesthesia was in 1880

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“Kinesthesia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kinesthesia. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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kinesthesia

noun
kin·​es·​the·​sia | \ ˌkin-əs-ˈthē-zh(ē-)ə, ˌkī-nəs- How to pronounce kinesthesia (audio) \
variants: or kinesthesis \ -​ˈthē-​səs How to pronounce kinesthesia (audio) \ or chiefly British kinaesthesia or kinaesthesis
plural kinesthesias or kinestheses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce kinesthesia (audio) \

Medical Definition of kinesthesia

: a sense mediated by end organs located in muscles, tendons, and joints and stimulated by bodily movements and tensions also : sensory experience derived from this sense — see muscle sense

Other Words from kinesthesia

kinesthetic or chiefly British kinaesthetic \ -​ˈthet-​ik How to pronounce kinesthesia (audio) \ adjective
kinesthetically or chiefly British kinaesthetically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce kinesthesia (audio) \ adverb

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