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[sen-suh-ree] /ˈsɛn sə ri/
of or relating to the senses or sensation.
Physiology. noting a structure for conveying an impulse that results or tends to result in sensation, as a nerve.
Also, sensorial
[sen-sawr-ee-uh l, -sohr-] /sɛnˈsɔr i əl, -ˈsoʊr-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of sensory
First recorded in 1620-30; sense + -ory1
Related forms
intersensory, adjective
multisensory, adjective
nonsensorial, adjective
nonsensory, adjective
unsensory, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sensorial
Historical Examples
  • Assuredly, since otherwise the sensorial differentiation would be inexplicable, being useless.

  • While in nervous fever there is a deficiency of sensorial power.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Erasmus Darwin
  • Owing to deficiency of sensorial power, as explained more at large in Sect.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Erasmus Darwin
  • Now, it is known to be one of the commonest forms in which sensorial illusions shape themselves.

  • From defect of sensorial power, the direct and indirect debility of Dr. Brown.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Erasmus Darwin
  • These fibrous motions are thus distinguished from the sensorial motions above mentioned.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Erasmus Darwin
  • If one sensorial brain part is intensely engaged, the remainder of the brain is condemned to a kind of inactivity.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • In the two former kinds of sensation there is an expenditure of sensorial power, in these latter there is an accumulation of it.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Erasmus Darwin
  • All these are explained from an accumulation of sensorial power during the inactivity of some part of the system.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Erasmus Darwin
  • To sum up: In contrast to sensorial imagination, which has its origin without, affective imagination begins within.

British Dictionary definitions for sensorial


of or relating to the senses or the power of sensation
of or relating to those processes and structures within an organism that receive stimuli from the environment and convey them to the brain
Word Origin
C18: from Latin sensōrius, from sentīre to feel
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Word Origin and History for sensorial



1749, "pertaining to sense or sensation," from Latin sensorius, from sensus, past participle of sentire "to perceive, feel" (see sense (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sensorial in Medicine

sensorial sen·so·ri·al (sěn-sôr'ē-əl)
Of or relating to sensations or sensory impressions.

sensory sen·so·ry (sěn'sə-rē)

  1. Of or relating to the senses or sensation.

  2. Transmitting impulses from sense organs to nerve centers; afferent.

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sensorial in Science
Involving the sense organs or the nerves that relay messages from them. Compare motor.
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