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 My first two pregnancies have been gradually becoming more proprioceptive, more attuned to the subtleties that are going on [in my body]. Nicole Cliffe, SELF, "Alanis Morissette on Pregnancy at 45, Childbirth, Postpartum Depression, and #MeToo," 26 June 2019 Having your feet and hands attached to the reformer machine’s straps and pulleys while doing exercises provides proprioceptive feedback to the body’s neuromuscular system. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "A Rare Disease Won’t Keep This Mountain Man Off the Trails," 15 Dec. 2018 This alignment works in concert with the body’s own proprioceptive system (which is how muscles keep track of joint positions). Jay Samit, Fortune, "A Possible Cure for Virtual Reality Motion Sickness," 6 Feb. 2018 Proper warm-up and stretching are theoretically useful, as are proprioceptive neuromuscular training and eccentric strengthening exercises (e.g. Nordic hamstring exercise)., "Injury Analysis: Everything You Need to Know About Sadio Mane’s Hamstring in 1 Minute," 17 Oct. 2017 Kozie clothes have therapeutic benefits, and are designed to provide proprioceptive and tactile sensory input, such as gentle pressure, to comfort children with highly sensitive nervous systems. Lil Lovinus, Orange County Register, "Our favorite clothes for sensory-sensitive kids," 22 May 2017

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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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The first known use of proprioceptive was in 1906

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“Proprioceptive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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Medical Definition of proprioceptive

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

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