pro·​pri·​o·​cep·​tive ˌprō-prē-ō-ˈsep-tiv How to pronounce proprioceptive (audio)
: 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 These are the vestibular senses (related to gravity and movement) and proprioceptive senses (related to position and movement of muscles and joints). Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2024 Meanwhile, my proprioceptive senses have gone haywire. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 26 Mar. 2024 Vision plays a big role, of course, but more important are the vestibular system (which regulates balance) and the proprioceptive neurons in muscles (which provide information about body position). Brianna Barbu, Discover Magazine, 6 Aug. 2021 With no visual inputs, the Bi-Touch system only relies on proprioceptive feedback such as force, physical positioning, and self-movement. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 24 Aug. 2023 Second, the brain relies on the proprioceptive sense that tracks limb position. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 3 May 2023 Not until now, however, has a shoe fully realized Tony’s initial vision as fully as the Cyclone 2—a shoe that moves like a minimalist model and provides a stable, proprioceptive ground connection while cushioning and bouncing like a supershoe. Jonathan Beverly, Outside Online, 8 Mar. 2023 This is proprioceptive sensing, which many organisms are capable of. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 22 May 2023 Somatosensory and proprioceptive input signaling are required for induction, and parasympathetic and cerebellar functions mediate cardiac and motor output, respectively. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 21 May 2013

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of proprioceptive was in 1906

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“Proprioceptive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


pro·​prio·​cep·​tive -ˈsep-tiv How to pronounce proprioceptive (audio)
: activated by, relating to, or being stimuli arising within the organism
proprioceptive feedback
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