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From Latin


manipulandum (plural manipulanda)

  1. (sciences) Something that is manipulated physically, especially when testing motor skills
    • 1999 March 12, Adam F. Carpenter et al., “Motor Cortical Encoding of Serial Order in a Context-Recall Task”, in Science[1], volume 283, number 5408, DOI:10.1126/science.283.5408.1752, pages 1752-1757:
      The manipulandum was a vertical rigid metal rod, with a disc attached to the top, which was placed in front of the animal in the midsagittal plane and which the animal grasped with the hand pronated.