Prehensility is the quality of an adapted for grasping or holding. The word is derived from the Latin term prehendere, meaning "to grasp."


Appendages that can become prehensile include:

Giraffe's prehensile tongue

Prehensility affords non-human animals and humans a great natural advantage in manipulating their environment for feeding, digging and defense. It enables many animals, such as primates, to use tools in order to complete tasks that would otherwise be impossible without highly specialized anatomy. For example, feeding and self-cleaning behaviors.


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