The totality of those parts of the brain that receive, process and interpret sensory stimuli. The sensorium is the supposed seat of sensation, the place to which impressions from the external world are conveyed and perceived. The sensorium also refers to the entire sensory apparatus of the body. In medicine, "sensorium" is sometimes used as a generic term for the intellectual and cognitive functions. For example: "A 77-year old woman with cirrhosis was admitted (to the hospital) with a one-week history of altered sensorium." (New Engl J Med 343: 1933, 2000) The term "sensorium" comes (as does the word "sensation") from the Latin sensus, "the faculty of perceiving." The plural of "sensorium" is rarely used but in case of need you can choose between "sensoriums" and "sensoria."
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1. An organ of sensation. 2. The hypothetical “seat of sensation.” SYN: perceptorium. 3. In human biology and psychology, consciousness; sometimes used as a generic term for the intellectual and cognitive functions. [Late L.]

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sen·so·ri·um sen-'sōr-ē-əm, -'sȯr- n, pl -ri·ums or -ria -ē-ə
1) the parts of the brain or the mind concerned with the reception and interpretation of sensory stimuli broadly the entire sensory apparatus
2 a) ability of the brain to receive and interpret sensory stimuli <decreasing \sensorium>
b) the state of consciousness judged in terms of this ability <a clouded \sensorium> <the \sensorium remained clear>

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sen·so·ri·um (sən-sorґe-əm) [L. sentire to experience, to feel the force of] 1. any of the primary receptive areas. 2. the condition of a subject relative to the subject's consciousness or mental clarity.

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