from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An instrument used to measure tactile sensitivity.

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  • n. A device to measure tactile sensitivity

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as æsthesiometer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An instrument for determining the degree of tactile sensibility.
  • n. The instrument is made in a great variety of forms, all based, however, upon the simple compass pattern. In certain recent instruments the points are attached to rods which press against spiral springs inclosed in the metal tubes which form the legs of the compasses, and a scale is marked upon the front surfaces of the tubes. It is thus possible to read off the amount of pressure exerted in any given application of the points to the cutaneous surface; and the esthesiometer may be used not only to measure the limen of dual impression, equivalences of tactile extent, etc., but also to test the pressure-sensitivity, the depth of sleep, etc. See the extract.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

esthesi(a) + -meter.


  • But the great difference between the two materials lies in this: The esthesiometer carries within itself the possibility of measuring; my objects on the contrary, often do not permit a measure, but are adapted to cause the child to exercise the senses.

    The Montessori Method

  • It now relies on purely psychological tests for its researches, and although it does not exclude the methods adopted in the laboratory, and the use of such accurate and trustworthy instruments as the esthesiometer and the ergograph, the school itself has become the chief field of experiment.

    Spontaneous Activity in Education


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