sen·so·ry | \ˈsen(t)s-rē, ˈsen(t)-sə-rē\

Definition of sensory 

1 : of or relating to sensation or to the senses sensory stimulation

2 : conveying nerve impulses from the sense organs to the nerve centers : afferent sensory neurons

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Examples of sensory in a Sentence

A study was conducted on sensory stimulation and its effects on the brain. trying to listen to music while watching the TV and eating dinner caused a sort of sensory overload

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New program geared toward children who have sensory issues Didn't get a Build-A-Bear on Thursday? Chuck E. Cheese wants to help. Mallorie Sullivan,, "Chuck E. Cheese's offering 'Pay Your Age Day' deal after Build-A-Bear chaos," 13 July 2018 Having a train right in her backyard will help Raphi to handle sensory issues, Gehrung said. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Richfield girl with a heart condition has a wish to ride a train in her backyard. Four Hamilton students are helping to make that happen.," 26 June 2018 Survivors return to a normal life after a months-long recovery that can include periods of hair loss, hearing loss and other sensory changes, weakness, extreme fatigue, headaches, and eye and liver inflammation. Julia Belluz, Vox, "There’s a new outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.," 11 May 2018 Among those who have already taken advantage of the new room, as well as the five-week Saturday Family Fun Days program specifically for kids with sensory issues and their families, is the Condon family of Forest Park. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Brookfield Zoo seeks to be more inclusive to those with disabilities, special needs," 9 Mar. 2018 To becoming more inclusive for those with sensory issues ranging from autism to PTSD. CBS News, "How sports venues are striving to serve the needs of autistic children," 27 Jan. 2018 During the session, experience sensory deprivation, which proponents say relaxes muscles and alleviates stress. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "Concierge IV hydration therapy service seeks to rehydrate Louisville," 12 July 2018 As contemporary art museums go, this is one of the very best in the U.S. A highlight, for me, was a tiny dose of what’s known to drive some people mad — sensory deprivation. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New England museums to visit this summer and fall," 4 July 2018 Give your mind and body a break with a one-hour sensory-deprivation float. Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "Overstressed? 15 wellness trends to help you relax," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of sensory

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sensory

: of or relating to your physical senses


sen·so·ry | \ˈsen-sə-rē \

Kids Definition of sensory

: of or relating to sensation or the senses sensory nerves


sen·so·ry | \ˈsen(t)s-(ə-)rē \

Medical Definition of sensory 

1 : of or relating to sensation or the senses sensory stimulation sensory data

2 : conveying nerve impulses from the sense organs to the nerve centers : afferent sensory nerve fibers

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a state of commotion or excitement

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