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n. pl. li·mens or lim·i·na (lĭm′ə-nə)
The point at which a stimulus is strong enough to produce a physiological or psychological response.

[Latin līmen, threshold.]
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n, pl limens or limina (ˈlɪmɪnə)
(Psychology) psychol another term for threshold4 See also liminal
[C19: from Latin]
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(ˈθrɛʃ oʊld, ˈθrɛʃ hoʊld)

1. the sill of a doorway.
2. the entrance to a house or building.
3. any point of entering or beginning: the threshold of a new career.
4. Also called limen. the point at which a stimulus is of sufficient intensity to begin to produce an effect: the threshold of consciousness; a low threshold of pain.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English threscold, threscwald, c. Old Norse threskǫldr; akin to thresh in old sense “trample, tread”; -old, -wald unexplained]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.limen - the smallest detectable sensation
aesthesis, esthesis, sensation, sense datum, sense experience, sense impression - an unelaborated elementary awareness of stimulation; "a sensation of touch"
absolute threshold - the lowest level of stimulation that a person can detect
difference limen, difference threshold, differential limen, differential threshold - the smallest change in stimulation that a person can detect
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These are synonyms for our column title, from the latin term limen meaning threshold.
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Comparison of Difference limen for Frequency, Intensity and Duration with and without amplification device.
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Clement Limen, of North Court, Quayside, Sligo town, was convicted after a trial at the Central Criminal Court.
The word "limen" was used in the 19th century to refer to the absolute threshold, defined as the point at which a stimulus could be detected at 50% of the time.
Rites of passage (ROP), as discussed by Turner, encompass three general phases: separation, limen, and reaggregation.