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[proh-pree-uh-sep-ter] /ˌproʊ pri əˈsɛp tər/
noun, Physiology.
a receptor located in subcutaneous tissues, as muscles, tendons, and joints, that responds to stimuli produced within the body.
Origin of proprioceptor
First recorded in 1905-10; proprio- + (re)ceptor Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for proprioceptor


(physiol) any receptor (as in the gut, blood vessels, muscles, etc) that supplies information about the state of the body Compare exteroceptor, interoceptor
Derived Forms
proprioceptive, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from proprio-, from Latin proprius one's own + receptor
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proprioceptor in Medicine

proprioceptor pro·pri·o·cep·tor (prō'prē-ō-sěp'tər)
A sensory receptor, commonly found in muscles, tendons, joints, and the inner ear, that detects the motion or position of the body or a limb by responding to stimuli within the organism.

pro'pri·o·cep'tive adj.
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