[ ih-lek-troh-ri-sep-ter ]
/ ɪˌlɛk troʊ rɪˈsɛp tər /

noun Zoology.

any of an array of tiny, electrically sensitive ampullar organs present in sharks, electric eels, catfish, and certain other fishes, each organ being composed of a bundle of nerve fibers and sensory cells within a gel-filled conducting duct that can pick up weak electrical currents emitted by creatures moving in the water.

Origin of electroreceptor

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British Dictionary definitions for electroreceptor


/ (ɪˈlɛktrəʊrɪˌsɛptə) /


zoology an organ, present in some fishes, that detects electrical discharges
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