- an end organ of certain sensory neurons that branches out parallel to the skin and responds to steady pressure.
Origin of Ruffini's corpuscle
after Italian anatomist Angelo Ruffini (1874–1929), who described them in 1898
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Ruffini's corpuscle(rə-fē′nēz, rōō-)
- Any of numerous sensory end organs in the subcutaneous connective tissues of the fingers, consisting of an ovoid capsule within which the sensory fiber ends with numerous collateral knobs.
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