prehension

[ pri-hen-shuh n ]
/ prɪˈhɛn ʃən /

noun

the act of seizing or grasping.
mental apprehension.

Nearby words

  1. pregnant,
  2. pregnantly,
  3. preheat,
  4. prehensible,
  5. prehensile,
  6. prehistoric,
  7. prehistory,
  8. prehnite,
  9. prehominid,
  10. prehormone

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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Word Origin and History for prehension

prehension

n.

1530s, "seizure, arrest," from Latin prehensionem (nominative prehensio), noun of action from past participle stem of prehendere (see prehensile). Use in philosophy is from 1925.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for prehension

prehension

[ prē-hĕnshən ]

n.

The act of grasping or seizing.

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