Pacinian corpuscle

[ puh-sin-ee-uhn ]

  1. (sometimes lowercase) a microscopic, onionlike body consisting of layers of connective tissue wrapped around a nerve ending, located in the deep layers of skin, tendons, etc., and functioning as a sensory receptor of pressure and vibration.

Origin of Pacinian corpuscle

1875–80; after Filippo Pacini (1812–83), Italian anatomist; see -ian

Words Nearby Pacinian corpuscle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023