- a specialized bodily structure that receives or is sensitive to internal or external stimuli; receptor.
Origin of sense organ
First recorded in 1850–55
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The mouth is midway in its length and is opposite the sense-organ or eye-spot.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
Augusta Foote Arnold
An aboral vessel embraces the sense-organ, but has no external opening.
Two crescentic rows of ciliated papillae lie in the transverse plane on each side of the sense-organ.
But whatever might be the advantage or disadvantage of such a sense-organ, we as yet do not possess one.The Ether of Space
This is due to the excitation in the sense-organ continuing after the object has ceased to affect it.A Critical History of Greek Philosophy
W. T. Stace
- 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
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- 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.sensor
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- 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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