[ sen-suh-ree-moh-ter ]

  1. Psychology. of or relating to motor activity caused by sensory stimuli.: Compare ideomotor.

  2. Physiology. both sensory and motor, as parts of the cerebral cortex.

Origin of sensorimotor

First recorded in 1850–55; sensory + motor
  • Also sen·so·mo·tor [sen-suh-moh-ter]. /ˌsɛn səˈmoʊ tər/.

Words Nearby sensorimotor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sensorimotor in a sentence

  • Prosthetic devices that match the brain’s electrical activity with sensorimotor function can prove life-changing, restoring some lost function and independence to people who are paralyzed or who suffer other neurological losses.

    Can Machines Control Our Brains? | R. Douglas Fields | May 17, 2021 | Quanta Magazine
  • The effort consists not so much in any course of reasoning but rather in the acquiring of new sensorimotor experience.

  • Hence the results from actual measurement are very few and are confined to the sensory and sensorimotor traits.

    How to Teach | George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy

British Dictionary definitions for sensorimotor


sensomotor (ˌsɛnsəˈməʊtə)

/ (ˌsɛnsərɪˈməʊtə) /

  1. of or relating to both the sensory and motor functions of an organism or to the nerves controlling them

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