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sense organ

a specialized bodily structure that receives or is sensitive to internal or external stimuli; receptor.
Origin of sense organ
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for sense organ
Historical Examples
  • Training does not increase the sensitiveness of a sense organ.

  • But by means of which sense organ was it received by the horse?

    Clever Hans Oskar Pfungst
  • Time is no force that could conceivably act as a stimulus to a sense organ.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • We said just now, that a nerve begins in a sense organ and ends in a muscle.

    The Science of Human Nature William Henry Pyle
  • If there is no stimulation of a sense organ, there is no sensation, no perception.

    The Science of Human Nature William Henry Pyle
  • A perception, then, results from the stimulation of a sense organ.

    The Science of Human Nature William Henry Pyle
  • It is a general rule of the nervous system that no nerve cell extends without a break from any sense organ to any muscle fiber.

    Physiology Ernest G. Martin
  • A nervous activity which consists of the passage of a disturbance from a sense organ to a muscle is called a reflex.

    Physiology Ernest G. Martin
  • A big bunion is as good as a sense organ, but his feet are too small and elegant.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • On the physical side there is need for the adaptation of the sense organ and the body to the situation.

    How to Teach George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for sense organ

sense organ

a structure in animals that is specialized for receiving external or internal stimuli and transmitting them in the form of nervous impulses to the brain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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sense organ in Medicine

sense organ n.
A specialized organ or structure, such as the eye, ear, tongue, nose, or skin, where sensory neurons are concentrated and which functions as a receptor. Also called sensor.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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sense organ in Science
sense organ
In animals, an organ or part that is sensitive to a stimulus, as of sound, touch, or light. Sense organs include the eye, ear, and nose, as well as the taste buds on the tongue.
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