Meaning of somatosensory in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsəʊmətə(ʊ)ˈsɛns(ə)ri/


  • Relating to or denoting a sensation (such as pressure, pain, or warmth) which can occur anywhere in the body, in contrast to one localized at a sense organ (such as sight, balance, or taste).

    Also called somaesthetic

    ‘As in the olfactory system, somatosensory sensations can be induced by many foods through trigeminal nerve fibers in the tongue and oral cavity.’
    • ‘The patient's painful somatosensory state eventually can become a preoccupation; the pain may even become the pivotal point of existence.’
    • ‘Modern surgery is accompanied by spinal cord monitoring using somatosensory and motor-evoked potentials, thereby decreasing the rate of neurologic injury to one in 7,000 procedures.’
    • ‘Motion sickness is attributed to an incongruence in the sensory input from the vestibular, visual, and somatosensory systems.’
    • ‘As missions get longer, adaptation of the somatosensory and motor control systems starts to be important.’