- the act of seizing or grasping.
- mental apprehension.
Origin of prehension
Examples from the Web for prehension
Having for its function the narrowing of the orifice it surrounds, it acts during suction and in the prehension of food.Artistic Anatomy of Animals
The mantis reminds one of a small, green monkey, the fore pair of legs being well developed and used in prehension.The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"
Both toad and crayfish have organs for the prehension of food, its digestion and its assimilation.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition
Vernon L. Kellogg
The extensions of the body-substance which are put forth by the Rhizopoda at will, and which serve for locomotion and prehension.The Ancient Life History of the Earth
Henry Alleyne Nicholson
Upon this emancipation followed the liberation of jaws and mouth from their use as organs of prehension.Prehistoric Man
W. L. H. Duckworth
- the act of grasping
- apprehension by the senses or the mind
Word Origin and History for prehension
1530s, "seizure, arrest," from Latin prehensionem (nominative prehensio), noun of action from past participle stem of prehendere (see prehensile). Use in philosophy is from 1925.
- The act of grasping or seizing.