[ kin-uh s-thee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh, kahy-nuh s- ]
/ ˌkɪn əsˈθi ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə, ˌkaɪ nəs- /


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 forms

kin·es·thet·ic [kin-uh s-thet-ik] /ˌkɪn əsˈθɛt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for kinesthetic

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

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

    Psychology|Robert S. Woodworth
  • Another individual might have had kinesthetic images instead of either visual or auditory.

    Psychology|Robert S. Woodworth

British Dictionary definitions for kinesthetic



/ (ˌkɪnɪsˈθiːzɪə, ˌkaɪn-) /


the usual US spelling of kinaesthesia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for kinesthetic


[ 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 forms

kin′es•thetic (-thĕtĭk) adj.
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