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kinesthesia

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

physical, bodily, corporeal, tactile, corporal, tangible, sensory, carnal

Examples from the Web for kinesthetic

Historical Examples of kinesthetic

  • The passiveness of the body precludes any important contribution of stimuli from kinesthetic sources.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6)

    Havelock Ellis

  • Another individual might have had kinesthetic images instead of either visual or auditory.

    Psychology

    Robert S. Woodworth

  • The remaining senses, the cutaneous, the kinesthetic and the visual, afford much fuller data for the perception of spatial facts.

    Psychology

    Robert S. Woodworth


British Dictionary definitions for kinesthetic

kinesthesia

kinesthesis

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

adj.

also kinaesthetic, "pertaining to kinesthesia," 1880, coined by British neurologist Henry Charlton Bastian (1837-1915) from Greek kinein "to move" (see cite) + aisthesis "sensation" (see anaesthesia). Perhaps on model of aesthetic, prosthetic.

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kinesthesia

n.

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

kinesthetic in Medicine

kinesthesia

(kĭn′ĭs-thēzhə, kī′nĭs-)
n.
  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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