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Ruffini's corpuscle

noun Anatomy.
  1. an end organ of certain sensory neurons that branches out parallel to the skin and responds to steady pressure.
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Origin of Ruffini's corpuscle

after Italian anatomist Angelo Ruffini (1874–1929), who described them in 1898
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ruffini's corpuscle in Medicine

Ruffini's corpuscle

(rə-fēnēz, rōō-)
  1. Any of numerous sensory end organs in the subcutaneous connective tissues of the fingers, consisting of an ovoid capsule within which the sensory fiber ends with numerous collateral knobs.
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