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[suh-mat-uh-sen-suh-ree, soh-muh-tuh-] /səˌmæt əˈsɛn sə ri, ˌsoʊ mə tə-/
of or relating to sensations that involve parts of the body not associated with the primary sense organs.
Origin of somatosensory
1950-55; somato- + sensory Unabridged
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Examples from the web for somatosensory
  • The same processes occur during visual stimulation or somatosensory stimulation.
  • The electrodes also stimulate the neighbouring somatosensory cortex, which governs the sense of touch.
  • In particular, she focused her attention on the somatosensory cortex, a part of the brain that processes our sense of touch.
  • The somatosensory cortex processes touch and the anterior cingulate cortex processes pleasant information.
  • It then processes the signals in neural maps, which it then compiles in the so-called somatosensory centers.
Word Origin and History for somatosensory

1952, from somato- "body" + sensory.

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somatosensory in Medicine

somatosensory so·mat·o·sen·so·ry (sə-māt'ə-sěn'sə-rē, sō'mə-tə-)
Of or relating to the perception of sensory stimuli from the skin and internal organs.

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