[sen-sawr-ee-uh m, -sohr-]
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noun, plural sen·so·ri·ums, sen·so·ri·a [sen-sawr-ee-uh, -sohr-] /sɛnˈsɔr i ə, -ˈsoʊr-/.
  1. a part of the brain or the brain itself regarded as the seat of sensation.
  2. the sensory apparatus of the body.

Origin of sensorium

1640–50; < Late Latin sēnsōrium, equivalent to Latin sent(īre) to feel + -tōrium -tory2, with tt > s Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -riums or -ria (-rɪə)
  1. the area of the brain considered responsible for receiving and integrating sensations from the outside world
  2. physiol the entire sensory and intellectual apparatus of the body

Word Origin for sensorium

C17: from Late Latin, from Latin sēnsus felt, from sentīre to perceive
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Word Origin and History for sensoria



1640s, "seat of the soul" in the brain, from Late Latin sensorium, from sens-, past participle stem of sentire "to feel" (see sense (n.)) + -orium (see -ory).

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sensoria in Medicine


n. pl. sen•so•ri•ums
  1. The part of the brain that receives and coordinates all the stimuli conveyed to various sensory centers.
  2. The sensory system of the body.
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