sensorium

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sensorium the areas of the brain that process and register incoming sensory information and make possible the conscious awareness of the world
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sensorium (Physiol) The seat of sensation; the nervous center or centers to which impressions from the external world must be conveyed before they can be perceived; the place where external impressions are localized, and transformed into sensations, prior to being reflected to other parts of the organism; hence, the whole nervous system, when animated, so far as it is susceptible of common or special sensations.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sensorium A supposed point in or part of the brain where sensation resides or becomes manifest; the so-called “seat of the soul”; hence, the undetermined part of the nervous system in which molecular activity of certain kinds and certain grades of intensity immediately causes sensation; loosely, the brain, or the brain and spinal cord; especially, the gray matter of these organs, or any nervous ganglion regarded as a center of sensation. Also sensory, sensitory.
    • n sensorium In biology, the whole sensory apparatus of the body, or physical mechanism of sensation, including the skin and entire nervous system as well as the special sense-organs; all the parts, organs, and tissues of the body which are capable of receiving or transmitting impressions from without. In this sense, sensorium is correlated with the other three principal apparatus, the motor, nutritive, and reproductive; and sensorium and motorium are together contrasted, as the “animal organ-system,” with the nutritive and reproductive apparatus which constitute the “vegetative organ-system.”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sensorium the organ which receives the impressions made on the senses: the nervous centre to which impressions must be conveyed before they are received: the whole sensory apparatus of the body, the nervous system, &c
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. sentire, sensum, to discern or perceive by the senses,

Usage

In literature:

All these signs of rage are probably in large part, and some of them appear to be wholly, due to the direct action of the excited sensorium.
"The Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals" by Charles Darwin
You cannot get at the quick of their mental sensorium.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 10, No. 58, August, 1862" by Various
The sensorium is 'unreceptive,' so the idea does not reach consciousness.
"Cock Lane and Common-Sense" by Andrew Lang
All our emotions and passions seem to arise out of the exertions of these two faculties of the animal sensorium.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
Wild antic faces would ever and anon protrude themselves upon his sensorium.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 72, October, 1863" by Various
The mind of man is not merely a sensorium.
"Winds Of Doctrine" by George Santayana
I've racked my sensorium internally to no purpose.
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Commonly, it is a hollow hair, which is connected by a minute nerve-filament with the sensorium.
"The Dawn of Reason" by James Weir
The sound-waves broke on his sensorium as ripples break on a granite coast.
"On the Stairs" by Henry B. Fuller
THE FACULTIES OF THE SENSORIUM.
"The Temple of Nature; or, the Origin of Society" by Erasmus Darwin
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