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prehensile

 [pre-hen´sil]
adapted for grasping or seizing.

pre·hen·sile

(prē-hen'sil),
Adapted for taking hold of or grasping.
[L. prehendo, pp. -hensus, to lay hold of, seize]

pre·hen·sile

(prē-hen'sil)
Adapted for taking hold of or grasping.
[L. prehendo, pp. -hensus, to lay hold of, seize]

prehensile

adapted for holding or grasping, as are the tails of many New World monkeys.
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On the basis of a study similar to our first experiment, Castiello (1997) concluded, as we do, that eating and prehensile actions both involve a common coordinating schema.
The fully prehensile action of the five digits requires less than one cubic inch of fluid at pressures below 20 pounds per square inch.
There was improvement in arms at rest and during play in supine, which resulted in a gradual increase in hand opening and keeping the patient's thumb out during prehensile activities.
Amid the tongue-in-cheek pomp and bombast that the group does so well, is the ability to conjure up moments of strange and gentle beauty, as shown in another Anderson tune, Prehensile Dreams.
The foot that will sit inside this sneaker was once a hand, before its prehensile capacity was taken over by the foreleg, freeing the back legs for standing and walking.
The rear paw prints are about four inches and not so prehensile. Empty corn cobs are scattered about.
In Sermon 4, the wunderkind has buffalo clinging by prehensile tails to the branches of acacia trees, singing to themselves with such narcissistic absorption that they often choose to die of starvation rather than interrupt their arias to eat.
Since they are poor swimmers, seahorses are most likely to be found resting with their prehensile tails wound around a stationary object.
Discontinuities may be crossed by simply "bridging" two supports extending fore and hindlimbs, when a prehensile tail acts as a fifth limb (Youlatos, 1993).
Seahorses and few other syngnathids are the only fishes that can bend the tail in a strict spiral used as a prehensile appendage.
Les Basford with a Solomon Island Prehensile Tailed Skink.
Alicia Graf, a luminous new company member from Dance Theatre of Harlem, joined Jamar Roberts in a fittingly intoxicating duet to "A Case of You." The piece's many developpes accentuated Graf's height and long legs; her arches are so pronounced that her feet seem prehensile. The pair's arms pulsed fluidly, forming elegant shapes linked by multiple turns.