proprioception

noun
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 This paired motion underlies proprioception, and the new approach connects up pairs of muscles left dangling during a standard amputation. STAT, "Surgeons test-drive the amputation of the future with a mail-order limb, rerouted nerve, and prosthetic hand that grips like the real thing," 12 Dec. 2019 That's because our body has a system that keeps track of where all its parts are likely to be (a sense called proprioception). John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Musk’s newest startup is venturing into a series of hard problems," 16 July 2019 That’s why the team used algorithms and sensors to give the robot proprioception — a sense of where its body is in space. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "MIT’s Cheetah 3 robot can run up stairs without watching its steps," 5 July 2018 Picking up a letter and reading it — another unremarked feat of human cognition and proprioception — is far harder for my mother now. David Wertime, Philly.com, "As his mother's health fails, a son reflects on the gifts of her life," 21 Dec. 2017 Three systems work together to ensure our balance: vestibular (motion, special orientation), visual (sight) and proprioception (touch). Angela Peterson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In Motion: Simple exercises can help improve balance," 12 Dec. 2017 These abilities are already second nature to humans through vision and proprioception (the ability to sense the relative positions of body parts without looking or thinking about it). Taskin Padir, Smithsonian, "Making Robots That Can Work With Their Hands," 25 Apr. 2017 These abilities are already second nature to humans through vision and proprioception (the ability to sense the relative positions of body parts without looking or thinking about it). Taskin Padir, Smithsonian, "Making Robots That Can Work With Their Hands," 25 Apr. 2017 Not having a sense of where an artificial limb is in space—known as proprioception—is a huge disadvantage of artificial limbs. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, "New Approach to Amputation Could Reduce Phantom Pain," 2 June 2017

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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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21 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Proprioception.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proprioception. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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proprioception

noun
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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