sensillum

[ sen-sil-uh m ]
/ sɛnˈsɪl əm /

noun, plural sen·sil·la [sen-sil-uh] /sɛnˈsɪl ə/.

Zoology. a simple sense organ usually consisting of one or a few cells at the peripheral end of a sensory nerve fiber.

Nearby words

  1. sensibility,
  2. sensible,
  3. sensible horizon,
  4. sensible perspiration,
  5. sensibly,
  6. sensitive,
  7. sensitive fern,
  8. sensitive plant,
  9. sensitively,
  10. sensitiveness

Origin of sensillum

< New Latin (1895), equivalent to Latin sēns-, past participle stem of sentīre to sense + -ilum diminutive suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for sensillum

sensillum

/ (sɛnˈsɪləm) /

noun plural -la (-lə)

a sense organ in insects, typically consisting of a receptor organ in the integument connected to sensory neurons

Word Origin for sensillum

New Latin, diminutive of Latin sensus sense (Middle Latin: sense organ)

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