[ in-tuh-roh-sep-ter ]
/ ˌɪn tə roʊˈsɛp tər /

noun Physiology.

a receptor, especially of the viscera, responding to stimuli originating from within the body.

Origin of interoceptor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for interoceptor


/ (ˌɪntərəʊˈsɛptə) /


physiol a sensory receptor of an internal organ (excluding the muscles)Compare exteroceptor, proprioceptor
Derived Formsinteroceptive, adjective

Word Origin for interoceptor

C20: from inter (ior) + (re) ceptor
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Medicine definitions for interoceptor


[ ĭn′tər-ō-sĕptər ]


A specialized sensory nerve receptor that receives and responds to stimuli originating from within the body.
Related formsin′ter•o•ceptive adj.
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