mechanoreceptor

[mek-uh-noh-ri-sep-ter]

noun Anatomy.

any of the sense organs that respond to vibration, stretching, pressure, or other mechanical stimuli.

Nearby words

  1. mechanize,
  2. mechanized,
  3. mechano-,
  4. mechanochemistry,
  5. mechanomorphism,
  6. mechanotherapy,
  7. mechatronics,
  8. mechelen,
  9. mechitarist,
  10. mechitzah

Origin of mechanoreceptor

First recorded in 1925–30; mechano- + receptor

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British Dictionary definitions for mechanoreceptor

mechanoreceptor

noun

physiol a sensory receptor, as in the skin, that is sensitive to a mechanical stimulus, such as pressure
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Medicine definitions for mechanoreceptor

mechanoreceptor

[mĕk′ə-nō-rĭ-sĕptər]

n.

A specialized sensory end organ that responds to mechanical stimuli such as tension or pressure.

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