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[ster-ee-og-noh-sis, steer-]
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  1. the ability to determine the shape and weight of an object by touching or lifting it.
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Origin of stereognosis

From New Latin, dating back to 1900–05; see origin at stereo-, -gnosis
Related formsster·e·og·nos·tic [ster-ee-og-nos-tik, steer-] /ˌstɛr i ɒgˈnɒs tɪk, ˌstɪər-/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for stereognostic

Historical Examples

  • The stereognostic sense: Recognition of elementary forms, of rare objects, of coins.

    Montessori Elementary Materials

    Maria Montessori

  • Other senses tend to associate themselves with the chromatic sense, for example, the stereognostic and gustatory senses.

  • What we call in the blind the tactile sense is in reality more often the stereognostic sense.

British Dictionary definitions for stereognostic


  1. the perception of depth or three-dimensionality through any of the senses
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Word Origin

C20: stereo- + gnosis
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stereognostic in Medicine


  1. The perception of the form of an object by means of touch.
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Related formsster′e•og•nostic (-nŏstĭk) adj.
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