Definition of somatosensory in English:



  • 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
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As missions get longer, adaptation of the somatosensory and motor control systems starts to be important.’
    • ‘Motion sickness is attributed to an incongruence in the sensory input from the vestibular, visual, and somatosensory systems.’