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(Psychology) sensory perception of bodily feelings like touch, pain, position of the limbs, etc
[C20: from Greek sōma body + aesthesia]
somaesthetic, somesthetic adj
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|Noun||1.||somaesthesia - the perception of tactual or proprioceptive or gut sensations; "he relied on somesthesia to warn him of pressure changes"|
perception - the process of perceiving
feeling - a physical sensation that you experience; "he had a queasy feeling"; "I had a strange feeling in my leg"; "he lost all feeling in his arm"
pressure sensation, pressure - the somatic sensation that results from applying force to an area of skin; "the sensitivity of his skin to pressure and temperature was normal"
pain sensation, painful sensation, pain - a somatic sensation of acute discomfort; "as the intensity increased the sensation changed from tickle to pain"
temperature - the somatic sensation of cold or heat
|2.||somaesthesia - the faculty of bodily perception; sensory systems associated with the body; includes skin senses and proprioception and the internal organs|
somatic sense, somatic sensory system, somatosensory system, somaesthesis, somataesthesis, somesthesis, somatesthesia, somesthesia
interoception - sensitivity to stimuli originating inside of the body
cutaneous senses, sense of touch, skin senses, touch modality, touch - the faculty by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body (especially the hands); "only sight and touch enable us to locate objects in the space around us"
proprioception - the ability to sense the position and location and orientation and movement of the body and its parts
skin perceptiveness, tactility, touch perception, tactual sensation - the faculty of perceiving (via the skin) pressure or heat or pain