Definition of Sensory

1. Adjective. Of a nerve fiber or impulse originating outside and passing toward the central nervous system. "Sensory neurons"

Exact synonyms: Centripetal, Receptive
Similar to: Afferent
Derivative terms: Receive

2. Adjective. Involving or derived from the senses. "Sensory channels"
Exact synonyms: Sensorial
Derivative terms: Sense
Antonyms: Extrasensory

3. Adjective. Relating to or concerned in sensation. "Sensory organs"
Exact synonyms: Sensational
Partainyms: Sensation, Sensation

Definition of Sensory

1. n. Same as Sensorium.

2. a. Of or pertaining to the sensorium or sensation; as, sensory impulses; -- especially applied to those nerves and nerve fibers which convey to a nerve center impulses resulting in sensation; also sometimes loosely employed in the sense of afferent, to indicate nerve fibers which convey impressions of any kind to a nerve center.

Definition of Sensory

1. Adjective. Of the senses or sensation. ¹

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Definition of Sensory

1. pertaining to the senses or sensation [adj]

Medical Definition of Sensory

1. Pertaining to or subserving sensation. Origin: L. Sensorius This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sensory

sensorimotor area
sensorimotor region
sensorimotor theory
sensorineural deafness
sensorineural hearing loss
sensory (current term)
sensory activity
sensory amblyopia
sensory amusia
sensory aphasia
sensory areas
sensory ataxia
sensory cell
sensory cortex
sensory crossway
sensory decussation of medulla oblongata
sensory deprivation
sensory epilepsy
sensory faculty

Literary usage of Sensory

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1. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"Besides using simple apparatus only, the examiner should follow some plan of quickly orienting himself regarding the state of a given type of sensory ..."

2. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"It is a matter of words whether or not we should call this sensory belief a judgment; but it is no matter of choice to the logician, who regards all the ..."

3. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"In the lower animals a sensory impulse passes very directly through a relatively small amount of central tissue to the organs of action. ..."

4. American Journal of Physiology by American Physiological Society (1887- ). (1913)
"In anticipation of such a function for them, we have undertaken a series of studies of the variations in sensory threshold which may occur in normal ..."

5. Psychology: A Study of Mental Life by Robert Sessions Woodworth (1921)
"LOWER sensory CENTERS As already indicated, no portion of the cortex, not even the sensory areas, is directly connected with any sense organ. ..."

6. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler (1905)
"Diagram of motor and sensory paths in Crura. pyramidal tract to enter the ... The sensory System.— The path for sensory conduction is more complicated than ..."

7. The Journal of Physiology by Physiological Society (Great Britain). (1880)
"Tt. has occurred to mo that it would be another excellent means to trace the path of tlio sensory libres, especially the path of the tactile fibres. ..."

8. The Popular Science Monthly (1893)
"'ATURAL OR SCIENTIFIC METHOD IN EDUCATION. ;iry movement, and we know approximately, Lut with less accuracy, the sensory area—ie, the region essential to ..."

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