haptics

[hap-tiks]
noun (used with a singular verb)
the branch of psychology that investigates cutaneous sense data.

Origin:
1890–95; haptic < Greek haptikós able to grasp or perceive, equivalent to háp(tein) to grasp, sense, perceive + -tikos -tic; see -ics

haptic, haptical, adjective
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haptic (ˈhæptɪk)
 
adj
relating to or based on the sense of touch
 
[C19: from Greek, from haptein to touch]

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haptic hap·tic (hāp'tĭk)
adj.
Of or relating to the sense of touch; tactile.

haptics hap·tics (hāp'tĭks)
n.
The science that deals with the sense of touch.

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