- Zoology. a simple sense organ usually consisting of one or a few cells at the peripheral end of a sensory nerve fiber.
Origin of sensillum
< New Latin (1895), equivalent to Latin sēns-, past participle stem of sentīre to sense + -ilum diminutive suffix
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- a sense organ in insects, typically consisting of a receptor organ in the integument connected to sensory neurons
New Latin, diminutive of Latin sensus sense (Middle Latin: sense organ)