pro·​pri·​o·​cep·​tion | \ ˌprō-prē-ō-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce proprioception (audio) \

Definition of proprioception

: the reception of stimuli produced within the organism

Examples of proprioception in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the limb missing, there’s no way for the brain to use proprioception to figure this out. Popular Science, "How the objects we hold become extensions of our bodies," 10 Nov. 2020 To remain apart is to lessen ourselves: our internal landscape, our psychic proprioception, relies on the richness and ambiguity offered in the interplay between self and other. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "Mike Mandel’s Selfies from the Seventies," 12 Oct. 2020 Yet another pig was brought out that carries two implants; one device was listening in on the animal's proprioception system, and the team was able to reasonably accurately figure out the position of the animal's leg. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Musk says that Neuralink implants are close to ready for human testing," 29 Aug. 2020 Performing exercises barefoot helps enhance your proprioception, or your awareness of your body in space. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, "Improve your balance: A 5-minute home workout for stability and focus," 19 Aug. 2020 Balance activities are also recommended to improve proprioception, which is our awareness of our body's position and movements. Peter Francis, CNN, "Barefoot running: Why you should consider it to prevent injuries," 3 June 2020 That neuromuscular control improves coordination, balance, and proprioception—the awareness of where your body is in space. Kim Cross, Outside Online, "Get Better at Mountain Biking from Your Living Room," 6 Apr. 2020 Outside, a new alertness is in order, one that demands a deep connection to the position and movement of the body — or proprioception, sometimes referred to as the sixth sense. New York Times, "How We Use Our Bodies to Navigate a Pandemic," 31 Mar. 2020 Research shows that aggressive proprioception training using wobble boards, single-leg standing and other weight bearing moves can significantly reduce the risk of future ankle sprains. Colin Hoobler, oregonlive, "CJ McCollum on the mend, but must tread carefully to avoid ankle re-injury," 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of proprioception

1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for proprioception

proprioceptive + -ion

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The first known use of proprioception was in 1906

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“Proprioception.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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pro·​prio·​cep·​tion | \ ˌprō-prē-ō-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce proprioception (audio) \

Medical Definition of proprioception

: the reception of stimuli produced within the organism

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