AskDefine | Define limen

Dictionary Definition

limen n : the smallest detectable sensation [syn: threshold] [also: limina (pl)]

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  1. threshold




es-verb-form limar
  1. The second-person plural of limar in the present subjunctive.

Extensive Definition

In physiology, psychology, or psychophysics, a limen or a liminal point is a threshold of a physiological or psychological response.
Liminal, as an adjective, means situated at a sensory threshold, hence barely perceptible.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

affectibility, border line, bound, boundary, boundary condition, boundary line, bourn, break boundary, breakoff point, ceiling, circumscription, compass, confine, cutoff, cutoff point, deadline, delimitation, determinant, division line, end, extremity, finish, floor, frontier, hedge, high-water mark, impressibility, impressionability, interface, limit, limitation, limiting factor, line, line of demarcation, low-water mark, lower limit, march, mark, mete, openness to sensation, perceptibility, physical sensibility, readiness of feeling, receptiveness, receptivity, sensation level, sensibility, sensibleness, sentience, sentiency, start, starting line, starting point, susceptibility, susceptivity, target date, term, terminal date, terminus, threshold, threshold of sensation, time allotment, upper limit
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