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

  • adj. Somatosensory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to somesthesia
  • adj. Of or relating to somesthetics

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to organic or common sensation: noting an area in the cortex of the brain which is believed to be the center for such sensation.


Greek sōma, body; see soma1 + Greek aisthētikos, of sense perception; see aesthetic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Most people pay no attention to their somesthetic senses.

    A Hole In Space

  • There is also a visual association area in the occipital lobe surrounding the actual visual area, and a somesthetic association area behind the somesthetic area.

    The Human Brain

  • These are the generalized body senses not requiring any specialized sensory organs. 0 The sensory area is therefore sometimes referred to in more limited fashion as the somesthetic area (soh'mes-thet'ik; "body sensation" G).

    The Human Brain

  • OUR MIND 327 area, the auditory, visual, and somesthetic association areas all come together.

    The Human Brain

  • The thalamus acts as a reception center for the somesthetic sensations " touch, pain, heat, cold, and the muscle senses.

    The Human Brain


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