receptor

11 ENTRIES FOUND:

re·cep·tor

noun \ri-ˈsep-tər\

biology : a nerve ending that senses changes in light, temperature, pressure, etc., and causes the body to react in a particular way

Full Definition of RECEPTOR

:  receiver: as
a :  a cell or group of cells that receives stimuli :  sense organ
b :  a chemical group or molecule (as a protein) on the cell surface or in the cell interior that has an affinity for a specific chemical group, molecule, or virus

First Known Use of RECEPTOR

1898

re·cep·tor

noun \ri-ˈsep-tər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RECEPTOR

1
: a cell or group of cells that receives stimuli : sense organ
2
: a chemical group or molecule (as a protein) on the cell surface or in the cell interior that has an affinity for a specific chemical group, molecule, or virus
3
: a cellular entity (as a beta-receptor or alpha-receptor) that is a postulated intermediary between a chemical agent (as a neurohormone) acting on nervous tissue and the physiological or pharmacological response

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