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noun pre·hen·sion \prē-ˈhen(t)-shən\

Definition of prehension

  1. 1 :  the act of taking hold, seizing, or grasping

  2. 2a :  mental understanding :  comprehensionb :  apprehension by the senses

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It's easy to grasp the origins of "prehension" - it descends from the Latin verb prehendere, which means "to seize" or "to grasp." Other descendants of "prehendere" in English include "apprehend," "comprehend" ("to grasp the nature or significance of"), "prehensile" ("adapted for seizing or grasping"), "prison," "reprise," and "reprisal." Even the English word get comes to us from the same ancient root that led to the Latin prehendere.

Circa 1828

First Known Use of prehension

circa 1828


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prehension

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noun pre·hen·sion \prē-ˈhen-chən\

Medical Definition of prehension

  1. :  the act of taking hold, seizing, or grasping


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