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[kin-uh s-thee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh, kahy-nuh s-] /ˌkɪn əsˈθi ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə, ˌkaɪ nəs-/
the sensation of movement or strain in muscles, tendons, and joints; muscle sense.
Also, kinaesthesia, kinesthesis.
Origin of kinesthesia
1875-80; < Greek kīn(eîn) to move, set in motion + esthesia
Related forms
[kin-uh s-thet-ik] /ˌkɪn əsˈθɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for kinesthetic
Historical Examples
  • The passiveness of the body precludes any important contribution of stimuli from kinesthetic sources.

  • Another individual might have had kinesthetic images instead of either visual or auditory.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • The remaining senses, the cutaneous, the kinesthetic and the visual, afford much fuller data for the perception of spatial facts.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
British Dictionary definitions for kinesthetic


/ˌkɪnɪsˈθiːzɪə; ˌkaɪn-/
the usual US spelling of kinaesthesia
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Word Origin and History for kinesthetic

also kinaesthetic, "pertaining to kinesthesia," 1880, coined by British neurologist Henry Charlton Bastian (1837-1915) from Greek kinein "to move" (see cite) + aisthesis "sensation" (see anaesthesia). Perhaps on model of aesthetic, prosthetic.



also kinaesthesia, 1888, Modern Latin compound of Greek kinein "to set in motion; to move" (see cite) + aisthesis "perception" (see anaesthesia).

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kinesthetic in Medicine

kinesthesia kin·es·the·sia (kĭn'ĭs-thē'zhə, kī'nĭs-)

  1. The sense that detects bodily position, weight, or movement of the muscles, tendons, and joints.

  2. The sensation of moving in space.

kin'es·thet'ic (-thět'ĭk) adj.
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