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 Poles can help with proprioception on rocky or otherwise tricky footing. Adam Chase, Outside Online, 11 May 2020 Mind and body communication is driven specifically by two aspects of your central nervous system: proprioception, also known as kinesthetic sense, and your vestibular system. Dana Santas, CNN, 28 Jan. 2022 Those who enjoy a minimalist ride noted the elastic feel of the midsole that smoothed the pressure points underfoot with little squish to reduce proprioception. Adam Chase, Outside Online, 3 Mar. 2020 The feel is somewhat minimal with plenty of ground proprioception, especially in the forefoot. Jonathan Beverly, Outside Online, 25 June 2021 The medial prefrontal cortex is crucial to proprioception, bonding with others, and our sense of safety in the world. Donald Antrim, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 For many amputees, however, the loss of a limb is accompanied by a loss of proprioception. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 That’s going to knock down your sense of touch, proprioception and everything else. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 8 Oct. 2021 The surgeons and engineers who pioneered the technique designed it to restore what’s known as proprioception. Gideon Gil, STAT, 16 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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Medical Definition of proprioception

: the reception of stimuli produced within the organism

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