pro·​pri·​o·​cep·​tive | \ ˌprō-prē-ō-ˈsep-tiv How to pronounce proprioceptive (audio) \

Definition of proprioceptive

: of, relating to, or being stimuli arising within the organism a proprioceptive sensation proprioceptive feedback

Examples of proprioceptive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each sensory station is designed to engage people of all ages with visual, tactile, auditory, vestibular, and proprioceptive tools straight from nature. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 19 Apr. 2022 An Illinois State University study said proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation – a specific stretching technique – improved hamstring flexibility whether it was performed assisted or unassisted. Melanie Radzicki Mcmanus, CNN, 11 Mar. 2022 The new midsole sidewalls encapsulate the foot and provide more of a proprioceptive fit and, underfoot there’s burlier traction and a rock plate that covers more of the foot, while the upper mesh is denser and lets in less trail dust. Adam Chase, Outside Online, 29 Dec. 2020 The ride is appropriately firm and proprioceptive when navigating technical footing, but noticeably softens and smooths landings, particularly on descents. Jonathan Beverly, Outside Online, 4 May 2020 The overall rigidity of the shoe also provides the runner greater ground-to-foot proprioceptive feedback. Brian Metzler, Outside Online, 30 July 2021 Instead, focus on mind-body exercises that strengthen the aspects of your nervous system impacting balance, your proprioceptive and vestibular systems. Dana Santas, CNN, 7 May 2021 There are autistic occupational therapists that specialize in sensory processing who can be consulted to explain safe ways to provide proprioceptive, deep-pressure feedback to help w meltdown safety. Chris Murphy, Vulture, 4 Feb. 2021 This input is picked up by our bodies’ sensory systems—auditory (sound), visual (sight), oral (taste and texture), olfactory (smell), tactile (touch), proprioceptive (muscle and joint awareness), and vestibular (motion). Jamie Kiffel-alcheh, National Geographic, 9 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of proprioceptive

1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for proprioceptive

Latin proprius own + English -ceptive (as in receptive)

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“Proprioceptive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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pro·​prio·​cep·​tive | \ -ˈsep-tiv How to pronounce proprioceptive (audio) \

Medical Definition of proprioceptive

: activated by, relating to, or being stimuli arising within the organism proprioceptive feedback


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