[ pri-hen-shuh n ]
/ prɪˈhɛn ʃən /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for prehension

/ (prɪˈhɛnʃən) /


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

[ prē-hĕnshən ]


The act of grasping or seizing.
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