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[kin-uh s-thee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh, kahy-nuh s-]
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  1. the sensation of movement or strain in muscles, tendons, and joints; muscle sense.
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Also kinaesthesia, kin·es·the·sis.

Origin of kinesthesia

1875–80; < Greek kīn(eîn) to move, set in motion + esthesia
Related formskin·es·thet·ic [kin-uh s-thet-ik] /ˌkɪn əsˈθɛt ɪk/, adjective
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Related Words for kinesthesia

impression, taste, sensitivity, feel, touch, sensibility, function, sensation, hearing, sight, faculty, smell, kinesthesia

British Dictionary definitions for kinesthesia



  1. the usual US spelling of kinaesthesia
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Word Origin and History for kinesthesia


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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kinesthesia in Medicine


(kĭn′ĭs-thēzhə, 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.
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Related formskin′es•thetic (-thĕtĭk) adj.
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