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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 sensory

auditory, visual, sensual, tactile, sonic, neurological, neural, audiovisual, olfactory, aural, sensational, acoustic, audible, auricular, clear, discernible, distinct, ocular, perceptible, plain

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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 sensory


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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sensory in Medicine


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


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