the act of seizing or grasping.
mental apprehension.

1525–35; < Latin prehēnsiōn- (stem of prehēnsiō) a taking hold, equivalent to prehēns(us) (past participle of prehendere to seize, equivalent to pre- pre- + -hendere to grasp; akin to get) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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prehension (prɪˈhɛnʃən)
1.  the act of grasping
2.  apprehension by the senses or the mind

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prehension pre·hen·sion (prē-hěn'shən)
The act of grasping or seizing.

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Although the differences are statistically significant, the prehension durations are similar.
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