- a receptor stimulated by light.
Origin of photoreceptor
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- zoology physiol a light-sensitive cell or organ that conveys impulses through the sensory neuron connected to it
- A nerve ending, cell, or group of cells specialized to sense or receive light.
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- A specialized structure or cell that is sensitive to light. In vertebrate animals, the photoreceptors are the rods and cones of the eye's retina. See Note at circadian rhythm.
- An electronic device that converts light energy into electrical signals. Photoreceptors are used in photocopy and facsimile machines, cameras, and solar cells.