noun Zoology a sense organ or cell that responds to mechanical stimuli such as touch or sound.
mechanoreceptive adjective

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  • mechanoreceptor — [mek΄ə nō ri sep′tər] n. a type of sensory receptor sensitive to touch, tension, pressure, etc. mechanoreception n. mechanoreceptive adj …   English World dictionary

  • Mechanoreceptor — A mechanoreceptor is a sensory receptor that responds to mechanical pressure or distortion. There are four main types in the glabrous skin of humans: Pacinian corpuscles, Meissner s corpuscles, Merkel s discs, and Ruffini corpuscles. There are… …   Wikipedia

  • mechanoreceptor — noun Date: 1927 a neural end organ (as a tactile receptor) that responds to a mechanical stimulus (as a change in pressure) • mechanoreception noun • mechanoreceptive adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mechanoreceptor — n. [Gr. mechane, contrivance; L. recipere, to receive] Specialized structures that perceive any mechanical distortion of the body, i.e., touch, vibrations, altitude and gravity …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • mechanoreceptor — /mek euh noh ri sep teuhr/, n. Anat. any of the sense organs that respond to vibration, stretching, pressure, or other mechanical stimuli. [1925 30; MECHANO + RECEPTOR] * * * …   Universalium

  • mechanoreceptor — noun any receptor that provides an organism with information about mechanical changes in its environment, such as movement, tension and pressure …   Wiktionary

  • mechanoreceptor — A receptor which responds to mechanical pressure or distortion; e.g., receptors in the carotid sinuses, touch receptors in the skin. SYN: mechanicoreceptor. * * * mech·a·no·re·cep·tor ri sep tər n a neural end organ (as a tactile receptor) that… …   Medical dictionary

  • mechanoreceptor — m IV, D. a, Ms. mechanoreceptororze; lm M. y anat. mechanoreceptory «narządy nerwowe znajdujące się w mięśniach i stawach; za ich pośrednictwem ośrodkowy układ nerwowy jest informowany o położeniu i stanie poszczególnych narządów» ‹gr. +… …   Słownik języka polskiego

  • mechanoreceptor — mech·a·no·receptor …   English syllables

  • mechanoreceptor — n. a group of cells that respond to mechanical distortion, such as that caused by stretching or compressing a tissue, by generating a nerve impulse in a sensory nerve (see receptor). Touch receptors, proprioceptors, and the receptors for hearing… …   The new mediacal dictionary

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