sensory

[ sen-suh-ree ]
/ ˈsɛn sə ri /

adjective

of or relating to the senses or sensation.
Physiology. noting a structure for conveying an impulse that results or tends to result in sensation, as a nerve.

Nearby words

  1. sensorimotor area,
  2. sensorineural,
  3. sensorineural deafness,
  4. sensorineural hearing impairment,
  5. sensorium,
  6. sensory aphasia,
  7. sensory cortex,
  8. sensory deprivation,
  9. sensory epilepsy,
  10. sensory ganglion

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

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British Dictionary definitions for sensory

sensory

less commonly sensorial (sɛnˈsɔːrɪəl)

/ (ˈsɛnsərɪ) /

adjective

of or relating to the senses or the power of sensation
of or relating to those processes and structures within an organism that receive stimuli from the environment and convey them to the brain

Word Origin for sensory

C18: from Latin sensōrius, from sentīre to feel

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Word Origin and History for sensory

sensory

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for sensory

sensory

[ sĕnsə-rē ]

adj.

Of or relating to the senses or sensation.
Transmitting impulses from sense organs to nerve centers; afferent.

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Science definitions for sensory

sensory

[ sĕnsə-rē ]

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