pro·​pri·​o·​cep·​tion ˌprō-prē-ō-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce proprioception (audio)
: the reception of stimuli produced within the organism

Examples of proprioception in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With a low stack height and only 4mm offset, the Switchback 2 is minimalist — and that close-to-ground trail feel allows for tremendous proprioception and capricious agility. Adam Chase, Outside Online, 29 Dec. 2020 Single-Leg Brushing and Dressing Standing on one leg develops balance, proprioception and muscle activation required for effective running—which is, itself, a series of one leg stances. Jonathan Beverly, Outside Online, 4 Jan. 2022 Our national proprioception—our awareness of where our parts are in relation to one another—deteriorated. Ana Marie Cox, The New Republic, 14 Sep. 2023 The most interesting sense is proprioception, the sense of being in a body. John Bleasdale, Variety, 7 Sep. 2023 Greater proprioception Proprioception is awareness of your body in space. Alyssa Sparacino, Men's Health, 24 Aug. 2023 However, proprioception and touch are not necessarily one and the same, Charkhkar says. Sarah Wells, Popular Mechanics, 11 July 2023 This is especially tricky since Spot’s lower legs are largely passive, without motors or sensors in them, but there’s enough proprioception that comes through the legs that the control system can now manage slippery surfaces while keeping flailing to a minimum. IEEE Spectrum, 6 May 2020 In Dicharry’s experience, the bigger benefit is actually a boost to proprioception, or the body’s ability to sense its position. Kristen Seymour, Outside Online, 21 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


proprioceptive + -ion

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of proprioception was in 1906

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“Proprioception.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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pro·​prio·​cep·​tion ˌprō-prē-ō-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce proprioception (audio)
: the reception of stimuli produced within the organism

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