[kin-uh s-thee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh, kahy-nuh s-]


the sensation of movement or strain in muscles, tendons, and joints; muscle sense.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for kinesthesia




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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Medicine definitions for kinesthesia


[kĭn′ĭs-thēzhə, kī′nĭs-]


The sense that detects bodily position, weight, or movement of the muscles, tendons, and joints.
The sensation of moving in space.
Related formskin′es•thetic (-thĕtĭk) adj.
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