Origin of exteroceptor

1905–10; extero- (see exteroceptive) + (re)ceptor
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British Dictionary definitions for exteroceptor


  1. any sensory organ or part of the body, such as the eye, able to receive stimuli from outside the bodyCompare interoceptor, proprioceptor
Derived Formsexteroceptive, adjective

Word Origin for exteroceptor

C20 extero-, from Latin exterus exterior + (re) ceptor
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exteroceptor in Medicine


  1. One of the peripheral end organs of the afferent nerves in the skin or mucous membranes that respond to stimuli from outside the body.
Related formsex′ter•o•ceptive adj.
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