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noun
  1. 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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Examples from the Web for sense organ

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Oliver Lodge

  • This is due to the excitation in the sense-organ continuing after the object has ceased to affect it.


British Dictionary definitions for sense organ

sense organ

noun
  1. 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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sense organ in Medicine

sense organ

n.
  1. 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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sense organ in Science

sense organ

[sĕns]
  1. 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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