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phys·i·cal con·tact

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contact, physical contactnoun

    the act of touching physically

    "her fingers came in contact with the light switch"

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  1. physical contact

    In physiology, the somatosensory system is the network of neural structures in the brain and body that produce the perception of touch (haptic perception), as well as temperature (thermoception), body position (proprioception), and pain. It is a subset of the sensory nervous system, which also represents visual, auditory, olfactory, and gustatory stimuli. Somatosensation begins when mechano- and thermosensitive structures in the skin or internal organs sense physical stimuli such as pressure on the skin (see mechanotransduction, nociception). Activation of these structures, or receptors, leads to activation of peripheral sensory neurons that convey signals to the spinal cord as patterns of action potentials. Sensory information is then processed locally in the spinal cord to drive reflexes, and is also conveyed to the brain for conscious perception of touch and proprioception. Note, somatosensory information from the face and head enters the brain through peripheral sensory neurons in the cranial nerves, such as the trigeminal nerve. The neural pathways that go to the brain are structured such that information about the location of the physical stimulus is preserved. In this way, neighboring neurons in the somatosensory cerebral cortex in the brain represent nearby locations on the skin or in the body, creating a map, also called a cortical homunculus.

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  1. physical contact

    Physical contact refers to the act of touching or being in direct or close touch with someone or something. It involves the interaction between two or more people or objects where there is a tactile or tangible connection. This can range from something as simple as a handshake or a hug between individuals to the interaction between any physical elements or forces.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of physical contact in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of physical contact in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of physical contact in a Sentence

  1. Sheldon Cohen:

    This suggests that being hugged by a trusted person may act as an effective means of conveying support and that increasing the frequency of hugs might be an effective means of reducing the deleterious effects of stress, the apparent protective effect of hugs may be attributable to the physical contact itself or to hugging being a behavioral indicator of support and intimacy.

  2. Lisa Damour:

    The challenge is that children, and then especially adolescents, get a lot of comfort from the physical contact with their peers.

  3. Andrea Courtney:

    Focusing more time on close relationships may boost well-being in the short term, in fact, recent research has observed a decrease in loneliness following the pandemic — this may reflect the fact that many people are now clinging to their closest ties. ... Although physical contact is now much more limited, many of these other( virtual) bonding opportunities are just as abundant as ever.

  4. Benjamin Hooks:

    There are a lot of ways an oppressed people can rise. One way to rise is to study, to be smarter than your oppressor. The concept of rising against oppression through physical contact is stupid and self-defeating. It exalts brawn over brain. And the most enduring contributions made to civilization have not been made by brawn, they have been made by brain.

  5. Amanda Meier:

    You can see sort of relief in their bodies and their faces when they finally get to have that physical contact, which is really a basic human need. And in these facilities, a lot of times they're missing it anyway because they're just not with their families, i don't think it's measurable, really. You just know it when you see it and feel it when you're there.


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