prehension

[ pri-hen-shuh n ]
/ prɪˈhɛn ʃən /

noun

the act of seizing or grasping.
mental apprehension.

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Origin of prehension

1525–35; < Latin prehēnsiōn- (stem of prehēnsiō) a taking hold, equivalent to prehēns(us) (past participle of prehendere to seize, equivalent to pre- pre- + -hendere to grasp; akin to get) + -iōn- -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for prehension

prehension
/ (prɪˈhɛnʃən) /

noun

the act of grasping
apprehension by the senses or the mind
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Medical definitions for prehension

prehension
[ prē-hĕnshən ]

n.

The act of grasping or seizing.
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