Advertisement

Advertisement

limen

[ lahy-muhn ]

noun

, plural li·mens, lim·i·na [lim, -, uh, -n, uh].


limen

/ ˈlaɪmɛn /

noun

  1. psychol another term for threshold See also liminal


Discover More

Word History and Origins

Origin of limen1

First recorded in 1890–95, limen is from the Latin word līmen

Discover More

Word History and Origins

Origin of limen1

C19: from Latin

Discover More

Example Sentences

The lowest and highest intensity points of sensation are called the lower and upper limen, or threshold, respectively.

At the distance of 600 stadia from Siga is Theon-limen (port of the gods);957 next are some other obscure places.

Ctenus is equally distant from the city of the Chersonitæ, and from Symbolon Limen.

Advertisement

Discover More

More About Limen

What does limen mean?

A limen is a threshold or border between one thing and another.

In psychology and physiology, the word more specifically refers to the point or threshold at which a sensation, such as pain, becomes strong enough to be experienced. In this sense, the limen is the dividing line between the sensation being too faint to be noticed and the point where it starts to be felt.

In medicine, limen refers to the opening or entrance to a body part, such as an anatomical canal.

The adjective liminal can be used for all senses of the word limen to describe things that are located or exist at such a point. The state of existing at such a point is called liminality.

The correct plural of limen can be either limens or limina.

Example: This study will attempt to identify the limen at which the sensation of pain can be experienced by a patient.

Where does limen come from?

The first records of the word limen come from the late 1800s. It comes from the Latin līmen, meaning “threshold.” In its literal sense, a threshold is a doorway.

Limen almost always refers to some kind of threshold or border between two places or stages. In psychology and physiology, limen often refers to a threshold where something begins or becomes sufficient enough to be experienced, such as pain or consciousness. The adjective form liminal often describes places that serve as transitional zones between one place and another—an airport might be described as liminal.

Did you know ... ?

What are some other forms related to limen?

What are some synonyms for limen?

What are some words that share a root or word element with limen

What are some words that often get used in discussing limen?

How is limen used in real life?

Limen is almost always used in a technical or formal way.

 

 

Try using limen!

True or False? 

Limen usually means the same thing as threshold.

Word of the Day

petrichor

[pet-ri-kawr]

Meaning and examples

Start each day with the Word of the Day in your inbox!

By clicking "Sign Up", you are accepting Dictionary.com Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policies.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement


lime linimentlime pit