any highly sensitive hair of an animal, as the whiskers of a cat or hairs on a hedgehog's snout.
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- tactile anesthesia,
- tactile corpuscle,
- tactile disk,
- tactile fremitus,
- tactile image,
- tactile meniscus,
- tactile papilla,
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A hair or hairlike structure that is highly sensitive to pressure or touch. Tactile hairs help organisms sense their environment. They cover the bodies of most insects and are found in many mammals, especially as whiskers.
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