Kinesthesia definition

kĭnĭs-thēzhə, kīnĭs-
The sense that detects bodily position, weight, or movement of the muscles, tendons, and joints.
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The sensation of position, movement, tension, etc. of parts of the body, perceived through nerve-end organs in muscles, tendons, and joints.
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The sense that detects bodily position, weight, or movement of the muscles, tendons, and joints.
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Sensation or perception of motion.
  • (physiology) The perception of the movement of one's own body, its limbs and muscles etc.
  • (performing arts) A spectator's perception of the motion of a performer, or, the effect of the motion of a scene on the spectator.
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(see usage note) Proprioception or static position sense; the perception of the position and posture of the body; also, more broadly, including the motion of the body as well.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of kinesthesia - kinsthesia, kinaesthesia

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
kinesthesia
Plural:
kinesthesias

Origin of kinesthesia

  • Greek kīnein to move keiə- in Indo-European roots esthesia

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • If this word were borrowed on fully traditional principles it would be cinesthesia (cinaesthesia); compare cinema from the same root. But more often this Greek root is spelled and pronounced with a k, and in the case of kinesthesia this avoids inconvenient homophony with synaesthesia, the sensation of one type of perception as another (e.g. the perception of smells as colors). Nevertheless the words are still occasionally confused; e.g. .

    From Wiktionary

  • Ancient Greek κινέω (cineō, put in motion) + αἴσθησις (aesthēsis, sensation) in form -αισθησία after anaesthesia, etc. Compare kinesthesis and Modern Greek κιναισθησία.

    From Wiktionary