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somatosensory

Syllabification: so·mat·o·sen·so·ry
Pronunciation: /səˌmatəˈsensərē, ˌsōmətə-
 
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Definition of somatosensory in English:

adjective

Physiology
Relating to or denoting a sensation (such as pressure, pain, or warmth) that can occur anywhere in the body, in contrast to one localized at a sense organ (such as sight, balance, or taste). Also called somesthetic.
Example sentences
  • As in the olfactory system, somatosensory sensations can be induced by many foods through trigeminal nerve fibers in the tongue and oral cavity.
  • The patient's painful somatosensory state eventually can become a preoccupation; the pain may even become the pivotal point of existence.
  • Modern surgery is accompanied by spinal cord monitoring using somatosensory and motor-evoked potentials, thereby decreasing the rate of neurologic injury to one in 7,000 procedures.

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