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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. 2017.
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  • As already indicated, no portion of the cortex, not even the sensory areas, is directly connected with any sense organ.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • Training does not increase the sensitiveness of a sense organ.

  • Here the stimulus is distorted by the sense organ and so may easily be taken as the sign of an unreal fact.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • But by means of which sense organ was it received by the horse?

    Clever Hans Oskar Pfungst
  • The axons of the sensory nerve divide into fine branches in the sense organ, and thus are more easily aroused by the stimulus.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • Time is no force that could conceivably act as a stimulus to a sense organ.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • Typically, the stimulus is an external force or motion, such as light or sound, striking on a sense organ.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • 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 perception, then, results from the stimulation of a sense organ.

    The Science of Human Nature William Henry Pyle
  • 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
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
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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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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