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noun Anatomy.
  1. any of the sense organs that respond to vibration, stretching, pressure, or other mechanical stimuli.

Origin of mechanoreceptor

First recorded in 1925–30; mechano- + receptor
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British Dictionary definitions for mechanoreceptor


  1. physiol a sensory receptor, as in the skin, that is sensitive to a mechanical stimulus, such as pressure
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mechanoreceptor in Medicine


  1. A specialized sensory end organ that responds to mechanical stimuli such as tension or pressure.
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