Definition of ideomotor in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɪdɪəʊˌməʊtə/ /ˈʌɪdɪəʊˌməʊtə/


  • 1Designating or relating to movements that are determined by or involve ideation, and parts of the brain involved in the production of such movements.

  • 2Medicine
    Designating a form of apraxia attributed to dissociation between the ideational, kinaesthetic, and motor processes involved in the performance of normal movements.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Carpenter (1813–1885), biologist and university administrator. From ideo- + motor.