sensorium

noun
sen·​so·​ri·​um | \sen-ˈsȯr-ē-əm \
plural sensoriums or sensoria\ sen-​ˈsȯr-​ē-​ə \

Definition of sensorium 

: the parts of the brain or the mind concerned with the reception and interpretation of sensory stimuli broadly : the entire sensory apparatus

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But the new sensorium allowed an exploration of the ocean’s depths that became crucial to science and commerce. The Economist, "Sing a song of sonar," 10 Mar. 2018 Already there are people trying to embed new senses—and make no mistake of it, GPS is already an addition to the human sensorium, albeit still in an external device—directly into our minds and bodies. Tim O'reilly, The Atlantic, "What Will Our Lives Be Like as Cyborgs?," 27 Oct. 2017 For isolated American audiences, the sprawling circus collapsed the entire globe into a pungent, thrilling, educational sensorium of sound, smell and color, right outside their doorsteps. Janet M. Davis, Smithsonian, "America’s Big Circus Spectacular Has a Long and Cherished History," 22 Mar. 2017 For isolated American audiences, the sprawling circus collapsed the entire globe into a pungent, thrilling, educational sensorium of sound, smell and color, right outside their doorsteps. Janet M. Davis, Smithsonian, "America’s Big Circus Spectacular Has a Long and Cherished History," 22 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of sensorium

1613, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sensorium

Late Latin, sense organ, from Latin sentire

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sensorium

noun
sen·​so·​ri·​um | \sen-ˈsōr-ē-əm, -ˈsȯr- \
plural sensoriums or -ria\ -​ē-​ə \

Medical Definition of sensorium 

1 : the parts of the brain or the mind concerned with the reception and interpretation of sensory stimuli broadly : the entire sensory apparatus

2a : ability of the brain to receive and interpret sensory stimuli decreasing sensorium

b : the state of consciousness judged in terms of this ability a clouded sensorium the sensorium remained clear

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