kinesics

[ ki-nee-siks, -ziks, kahy- ]
/ kɪˈni sɪks, -zɪks, kaɪ- /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the study of body movements, gestures, facial expressions, etc., as a means of communication.

Origin of kinesics

1950–55; < Greek kī́nēs(is) (see kinesis) + -ics

Related forms

ki·ne·sic, adjectiveki·ne·si·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for kinesics

kinesics

/ (kɪˈniːsɪks) /

noun

(functioning as singular) the study of the role of body movements, such as winking, shrugging, etc, in communication
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Medicine definitions for kinesics

kinesics

[ kə-nēzĭks, kī- ]

n.

The study of nonverbal bodily movements, such as gestures and facial expressions, as communication.
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