I need help on finding words relating to the senses/perception. I mean this in a neuronic/biological or philosophy-of-mind kind of way.

A word for...

  • pertaining to the senses (Is it sensory?)
  • pertaining to vision (ocular?)
  • pertaining to smell (olfactoric?)
  • pertaining to taste
  • pertaining to sound
  • pertaining to touch
  • unable to smell
  • unable to taste
  • unable to feel/touch
  • unable to perceive (unconscious?)
  • (unable to see: blind)
  • (unable to hear: deaf)
  • You've listed the 5 commonly-understood senses, but there are generally considered to be between 9 and 21 human senses, including such things as the vestibular sense and proprioception. Are you also looking for words describing those senses?
    – Martin
    Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 15:47

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Words relating to the "senses/perception" in a "neuronic/biological" context:

* All but two of the links take you to the Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary, so you can confirm the definitions. My search for "anosmic" and "ageusic" took me to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Diseases. Finally, I found the root of "anaptic" ("aphia") on this page, which happens to have a host of other words you might find useful (some of which are already in this list): Terms for Cognitive, Behavioral and Neurologic Disorders.

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    There is a distinction to be drawn between words for the sensory organs and words for the senses. Ocular does not refer to vision, but to the eyes, and would be analogous to terms like otological (of the ear), rhinological (of the nose), glossal (tongue), and digital (fingers and toes).
    – choster
    Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 15:39
  • Tactile is very specific; perhaps you'd consider replacing it with somatosensory?
    – jsejcksn
    Commented Oct 4, 2014 at 20:37
  • I have seen the word kinesthetic to mean of or relating to touch; it is the adjectival form of this word: kinesthesia, n. awareness of the position and movement of the parts of the body by means of sensory organs (proprioceptors) in the muscles and joints. Commented Jul 17, 2015 at 4:49

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