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tactile corpuscle

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noun

an oval sense organ made of flattened cells and encapsulated nerve endings, occurring in hairless skin, as the tips of the fingers and toes, and functioning as a touch receptor.

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Also called Meissner's corpuscle.

Origin of tactile corpuscle

First recorded in 1870–75
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Medical definitions for tactile corpuscle

tactile corpuscle

n.

Any of numerous minute oval end organs of touch in sensitive skin, as in the palms, fingertips, and soles of the feet.Meissner's corpuscle
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