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

  • adj. Of or relating to the senses or sensation.
  • adj. Transmitting impulses from sense organs to nerve centers; afferent.

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  • adj. Of the senses or sensation.
  • n. sensorium

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the sensorium or sensation.
  • n. Same as sensorium.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the sensorium, in either sense.
  • Conveying sensation, as a nerve; pertaining to sensation; sensorial; giving rise to sensation; sentient; sensitive: as, a sensory surface of the body.
  • n. Same as sensorium, 1.
  • n. An organ or a faculty of sense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of a nerve fiber or impulse originating outside and passing toward the central nervous system
  • adj. relating to or concerned in sensation
  • adj. involving or derived from the senses


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From Latin sentire ("to feel").


  • It is evident, from these facts, that the fibers composing the posterior bundles of nerve-roots only transmit sensory impulses, and the filaments composing the anterior nerve-roots only transmit motor impulses; accordingly, they are termed respectively the _sensory_ and the _motor_ nerve-roots.

    The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English or, Medicine Simplified, 54th ed., One Million, Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand

  • There are two sets of nerve-fibers, those which transmit sensory impulses, called _afferent_ or _sensory_ nerves, and those which transmit motor impulses, called

    The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English or, Medicine Simplified, 54th ed., One Million, Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand

  • I say that because it looks as if she's got what we call a sensory level at about the mid part of her abdomen.

    CNN Transcript Jan 9, 2006

  • Which would you rather have done to you: have 10 cigarettes put out on your skin, or be put in sensory deprivation for three days?


  • Tubulin, actin, and MAPs aren't conserved because of their use in sensory and processing functions; they are nearly universal cytoskeletal elements in eukaryotic cells.

    Another predictable argument against front-loading

  • Using probes that recognized single OR genes rather than subfamilies of related OR genes, we found that each probe labeled OR mRNAs in sensory axons that were confined to one or a few glomeruli at only two sites, one on either side of the bulb.

    Linda B. Buck - Autobiography

  • Occupational therapists are campaigning to have a condition they call sensory processing disorder recognized by their peers in pediatrics and psychology, reports Claudia Wallis.

    Informed Reader

  • I think the child's drawing is a textbook illustration of the hallucinations a person experiences under enforced, long-term sensory deprivation.

    A Darker Place

  • The suit contends that Yoo's legal opinions authorized Bush to order Padilla's detention in a Navy brig in South Carolina and encouraged military officials to subject Padilla to aggressive interrogation techniques, including death threats and long-term sensory deprivation.

    The World Can't Wait!

  • More information: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, The psychotomimetic effects of short-term sensory deprivation, Mason OJ, Brady F.; 197 (10): 783-5 via Wired

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