Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,

Friday word: proprioception

Took a class today, and I bring you a word mentioned during the class:


[prō′prē ə seps̸hən]


Physiol. the normal awareness of one's posture, movement, balance, and location based on the sensations received by the proprioceptors
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.



(countable and uncountable, plural proprioceptions)

  1. The sense of the position of parts of the body, relative to other neighbouring parts of the body.


From Latin proprius (“one's own").
In other words, what is sometimes referred to as "sixth sense" in medicine--if you close your eyes, you can still describe if you're sitting or standing, and how your legs or arms are positioned. That's proprioception.

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