Definitions

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  • adj. Exciting or conveying sensation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Exciting sensation; conveying sensation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Producing or conveying sensation; acting as an organ of sense.

Etymologies

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Latin sensifer; sensus sense + ferre to bear.

Examples

  • The sensiferous filaments, stretching all along the surface of the body, are constantly receiving impulses which they transmit along the line to the different centres of nervous action, whence again proceed the other or motor set of filaments running to all the different parts of the body.

    Theism: The Witness of Reason and Nature to an All-Wise and Beneficent Creator.

  • All the foramina for the transmission of the sensiferous nerves are large, the auditory particularly so; while the foramen, through which the carotid artery enters the skull, is small.

    The Bushman — Life in a New Country

  • To mention only a few; in medicine it had to deal with the fundamental reaction of protoplasm to various drugs, the solution of the problem why an identical agent brings about diametrically opposite effects in different constitutions; in the science of life it dealt with the new comparative physiology by which any specific characteristic of a tissue is traced from the simplest type in plant to the most complex in the animal; the study of the mysterious phenomenon of death and the accurate determination of the death point and the various conditions by which this point may be dislocated backwards and forwards; in psychology it had to deal with the unravelling of the great mystery that underlies memory and tracing it backwards to latent impressions even in the inorganic bodies which are capable of subsequent revival; and finally, the determination of the special characteristic of that vehicle through which sensiferous impulses are transmitted and the possibility of changing the intensity and the tone of sensation.

    Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose His Life and Speeches

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