somatosensory

adjective
so·​mato·​sen·​so·​ry | \ sō-ˌma-tə-ˈsen(t)s-rē How to pronounce somatosensory (audio) , -ˈsen(t)-sə-rē \

Definition of somatosensory

: of, relating to, or being sensory activity having its origin elsewhere than in the special sense organs (such as eyes and ears) and conveying information about the state of the body proper and its immediate environment also : relating to or being either of two regions in the parietal lobe that receive and process somatosensory stimuli

Examples of somatosensory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Recent studies using fMRI, MEG and even cortical electrostimulation (like Penfield’s work) found variations in the somatosensory representations of other body parts, including the head and legs. Dana G. Smith, Scientific American, 17 Mar. 2022 In fact, the somatosensory neurons that make all these sensations possible constitute the largest sensory system in mammals. Quanta Magazine, 4 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of somatosensory

1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Somatosensory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/somatosensory. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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somatosensory

adjective
so·​ma·​to·​sen·​so·​ry | \ sō-ˌmat-ə-ˈsen(t)s-(ə-)rē How to pronounce somatosensory (audio) , ˌsō-mət-ə- How to pronounce somatosensory (audio) \

Medical Definition of somatosensory

: of, relating to, or being sensory activity having its origin elsewhere than in the special sense organs (as eyes and ears) and conveying information about the state of the body proper and its immediate environment somatosensory pathways

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