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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Sia Says ‘Sorry’ to Autism Community, Adds Warning Label to Movie, Music, After Golden Globe Noms," 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, "Tricks to settle your fidgeters, wigglers, and fingernail biters," 9 Sep. 2020 But the simplest and perhaps most specific form of proprioceptive training for runners is to take off their shoes and walk or run. Peter Francis, CNN, "Barefoot running: Why you should consider it to prevent injuries," 3 June 2020 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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13 Feb 2021

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“Proprioceptive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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