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  1. of or relating to the senses or sensation.
  2. Physiology. noting a structure for conveying an impulse that results or tends to result in sensation, as a nerve.
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Also sen·so·ri·al [sen-sawr-ee-uh l, -sohr-] /sɛnˈsɔr i əl, -ˈsoʊr-/.

Origin of sensory

First recorded in 1620–30; sense + -ory1
Related formsin·ter·sen·so·ry, adjectivemul·ti·sen·so·ry, adjectivenon·sen·so·ri·al, adjectivenon·sen·so·ry, adjectiveun·sen·so·ry, adjective
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Related Words for sensorial

sensory, amazing, arresting, astounding, breathtaking, emotional, piquant, sensitive, sensual, sensuous, stimulating, sultry, electrifying

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Historical Examples of sensorial

  • But even this selection inhibits only the attitude and not the sensorial excitement.


    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • When the power of volition is abolished, the other sensorial actions are increased.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin

  • Nomenclature is taught step by step as in the other sensorial exercises.

  • While in nervous fever there is a deficiency of sensorial power.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I

    Erasmus Darwin

  • Now, it is known to be one of the commonest forms in which sensorial illusions shape themselves.

British Dictionary definitions for sensorial


less commonly sensorial (sɛnˈsɔːrɪəl)

  1. of or relating to the senses or the power of sensation
  2. of or relating to those processes and structures within an organism that receive stimuli from the environment and convey them to the brain
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Word Origin for sensory

C18: from Latin sensōrius, from sentīre to feel
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Word Origin and History for sensorial



1749, "pertaining to sense or sensation," from Latin sensorius, from sensus, past participle of sentire "to perceive, feel" (see sense (n.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

sensorial in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to sensations or sensory impressions.
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  1. Of or relating to the senses or sensation.
  2. Transmitting impulses from sense organs to nerve centers; afferent.
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sensorial in Science


  1. Involving the sense organs or the nerves that relay messages from them. Compare motor.
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