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[sen-suh-ree] /ˈsɛn sə ri/
of or relating to the senses or sensation.
Physiology. noting a structure for conveying an impulse that results or tends to result in sensation, as a nerve.
Also, sensorial
[sen-sawr-ee-uh l, -sohr-] /sɛnˈsɔr i əl, -ˈsoʊr-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of sensory
1620-30; sense + -ory1
Related forms
intersensory, adjective
multisensory, adjective
nonsensorial, adjective
nonsensory, adjective
unsensory, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sensory
  • But it does create a larger surface area for special sensory organs embedded in their skin.
  • These cells release serotonin into the limbic system in response to sensory-nerve stimulation.
  • The disease can also cause nerve damage in the extremities, sensory loss in the skin, and muscle weakness.
  • Muscle weakness or sensory losses can occur with peripheral nerve involvement.
  • There is an upper limit to the hardware and software capabilities of our minds and our sensory organs.
  • Presumably some are sensory neurons and deliver information from the presumed sensory organs.
  • In others it may be pressure waves detected by sensory cells along the flank.
  • It divides human memory into three stages or parts: sensory memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory.
  • The mirror was giving visual feedback that the sensory cortex was interpreting as a real hand.
  • The sensory form that an act of mimicry takes varies according to the sensory talents of the mimic's target audience.
British Dictionary definitions for sensory


of or relating to the senses or the power of sensation
of or relating to those processes and structures within an organism that receive stimuli from the environment and convey them to the brain
Word Origin
C18: from Latin sensōrius, from sentīre to feel
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Word Origin and History for sensory

1749, "pertaining to sense or sensation," from Latin sensorius, from sensus, past participle of sentire "to perceive, feel" (see sense (n.)).

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sensory in Medicine

sensory sen·so·ry (sěn'sə-rē)

  1. Of or relating to the senses or sensation.

  2. Transmitting impulses from sense organs to nerve centers; afferent.

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sensory in Science
Involving the sense organs or the nerves that relay messages from them. Compare motor.
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