[ 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.

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 Forms

proprioceptive, 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 forms

pro′pri•o•ceptive adj.
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