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haptics

[hap-tiks] /ˈhæp tɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
the branch of psychology that investigates cutaneous sense data.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; haptic < Greek haptikós able to grasp or perceive, equivalent to háp(tein) to grasp, sense, perceive + -tikos -tic; see -ics
Related forms
haptic, haptical, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for haptic

haptic

/ˈhæptɪk/
adjective
1.
relating to or based on the sense of touch
Word Origin
C19: from Greek, from haptein to touch
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Word Origin and History for haptic
adj.

"pertaining to the sense of touch," 1890, from Greek haptikos "able to come into contact with," from haptein "to fasten."

haptics

n.

1895, from haptic; see -ics.

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haptic in Medicine

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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