[ proh-pree-uh-sep-ter ]
/ ˌproʊ pri əˈsɛp tər /

noun Physiology.

a receptor located in subcutaneous tissues, as muscles, tendons, and joints, that responds to stimuli produced within the body.

Nearby words

  1. proprio-,
  2. proprioception,
  3. proprioceptive,
  4. proprioceptive mechanism,
  5. proprioceptive reflex,
  6. proprium,
  7. props,
  8. props ,
  9. propter hoc,
  10. proptosis

Origin of proprioceptor

First recorded in 1905–10; proprio- + (re)ceptor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for proprioceptor


/ (ˌprəʊprɪəˈsɛptə) /


physiol any receptor (as in the gut, blood vessels, muscles, etc) that supplies information about the state of the bodyCompare exteroceptor, interoceptor
Derived Formsproprioceptive, adjective

Word Origin for proprioceptor

C20: from proprio-, from Latin proprius one's own + receptor

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Medicine definitions for proprioceptor


[ prō′prē-ō-sĕptər ]


A sensory receptor, commonly found in muscles, tendons, joints, and the inner ear, that detects the motion or position of the body or a limb by responding to stimuli within the organism.
Related formspro′pri•o•ceptive adj.

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