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prehension

[pri-hen-shuh n] /prɪˈhɛn ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of seizing or grasping.
2.
mental apprehension.
Origin
1525-1535
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
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  • Although the differences are statistically significant, the prehension durations are similar.
British Dictionary definitions for prehension

prehension

/prɪˈhɛnʃən/
noun
1.
the act of grasping
2.
apprehension by the senses or the mind
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Word Origin and History for prehension
n.

1530s, "seizure, arrest," from Latin prehensionem (nominative prehensio), noun of action from past participle stem of prehendere (see prehensile). Use in philosophy is from 1925.

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prehension in Medicine

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

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