sensorium

noun

sen·​so·​ri·​um sen-ˈsȯr-ē-əm How to pronounce sensorium (audio)
plural sensoriums or sensoria sen-ˈsȯr-ē-ə How to pronounce sensorium (audio)
: the parts of the brain or the mind concerned with the reception and interpretation of sensory stimuli
broadly : the entire sensory apparatus

Examples of sensorium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But none of that is a full sensorium. Adam Rogers, Wired, 24 Nov. 2021 This collective sensorium is deeply shared. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 1 Jan. 2023 The Skin of the Film to describe how film can impact our full sensorium. Wired, 11 Aug. 2022 One of the ways Egan re-creates the sensorium of the internet is through huge, almost comical time jumps that reflect the bizarre processes of reconnection that digital life facilitates. Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic, 10 May 2022 At times, this disorientation recreates the sensorium of misinformation that has defined this conflict. Jennifer Wilson, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2022 The Living Mountain prescribes a philosophy of bodily thinking, in which the body is a sensorium and the senses are avenues to knowledge. Connor Goodwin, The Atlantic, 11 Apr. 2020 But the new sensorium allowed an exploration of the ocean’s depths that became crucial to science and commerce. The Economist, 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, 27 Oct. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Late Latin, sense organ, from Latin sentire

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sensorium was in 1613

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Cite this Entry

“Sensorium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sensorium. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

sensorium

noun
sen·​so·​ri·​um sen-ˈsōr-ē-əm, -ˈsȯr- How to pronounce sensorium (audio)
plural sensoriums or sensoria -ē-ə How to pronounce sensorium (audio)
1
: the parts of the brain or the mind concerned with the reception and interpretation of sensory stimuli
broadly : the entire sensory apparatus
2
a
: 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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