Definition of kinesthesia in US English:


(British kinaesthesia)


  • Awareness of the position and movement of the parts of the body by means of sensory organs (proprioceptors) in the muscles and joints.

    • ‘The activity that unifies the diverse sensations taste, smells, kinesthesia, touch, sound, vision - and which structures the infant's behaviour, is the apperception of the body image.’
    • ‘They have lost their proprioception (the sense of the body's position) and kinesthesia (the sense of the body's motion).’
    • ‘Notably absent from this conventional taxonomy, however, is kinesthesia, our sensory awareness of the position and movement of the body.’
    • ‘The feeling of movement - discussed as kinaesthesia - is married to a musical sequence, by which the shapes seem to converse in a kind of inner-skull environment.’
    • ‘His eyes mirrored as his vision shifted to a broader range of wavelengths, his hearing and smell and kinesthesia boosting in concert.’


Late 19th century: from Greek kinein ‘to move’ + aisthēsis ‘sensation’.