proprioception

noun
pro·​pri·​o·​cep·​tion | \ˌprō-prē-ō-ˈsep-shən \

Definition of proprioception 

: the reception of stimuli produced within the organism

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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 Typical interventions for people with vestibular and proprioception problems include occupational therapy and learned coping mechanisms. Mark Woodman, WIRED, "Hacking My Child’s Brain, Part 4," 23 Feb. 2007 That should restore their proprioception, as well as a sense of connectedness to the artificial limb, says Herr. 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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proprioception

noun
pro·​prio·​cep·​tion | \ˌprō-prē-ō-ˈsep-shən \

Medical Definition of proprioception 

: the reception of stimuli produced within the organism

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