from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Somatosensory.
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- 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.
Most people pay no attention to their somesthetic senses.
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.
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).
OUR MIND 327 area, the auditory, visual, and somesthetic association areas all come together.
The thalamus acts as a reception center for the somesthetic sensations " touch, pain, heat, cold, and the muscle senses.