Definition of prehension
1 : the act of taking hold, seizing, or grasping
2a : mental understanding : comprehensionb : apprehension by the senses
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Prehension was seen as a key development for the USC/Belgrade Hand.
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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.
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Medical Definition of prehension
: the act of taking hold, seizing, or grasping
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