Definition of proprioceptive in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌprōprēəˈseptiv/


Relating to stimuli that are produced and perceived within an organism, especially those connected with the position and movement of the body. Compare with exteroceptive and interoceptive.
Example sentences
  • These exercise drills are designed to maximally challenge the scapulothoracic muscle force couples and to stimulate the proprioceptive and kinesthetic awareness of the scapula.
  • It may also be the site of projection of proprioceptive afferents from the respiratory muscles and chest wall.
  • So, in this process they become conditioned to the kinesthetic and proprioceptive receptor inputs.



Pronunciation: /-ˈsepSHən/
Example sentences
  • Preliminary research in our neuromuscular laboratory has demonstrated decreased proprioception and balance in patients with labral tears.
  • In conclusion, we found that a short period of moderate exercise can reduce proprioception, which may affect the neuromuscular control of the knee joint and, thus, may make it more susceptible to injuries.
  • Sensory fibers of dorsal nerve roots carry impulses for pain, temperature, touch, and proprioception from either internal organs or from musculoskeletal structures.


Example sentences
  • This knowledge is derived partially from our introspectively knowing what we intend to do, and also partially from our proprioceptively perceiving our bodies carrying out those intentions.
  • This writing is principally concerned with knowledge, and when this knowledge is not of the ‘self’ it is of the world as filtered and perceived, proprioceptively, through the self.


Early 20th century: from Latin proprius 'own' + receptive.

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Syllabification: pro·pri·o·cep·tive

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