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receptor

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noun re·cep·tor \ri-ˈsep-tər\

Simple Definition of receptor

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of receptor

  1. :  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

1898

First Known Use of receptor

1898


RECEPTOR Defined for Kids

receptor

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noun re·cep·tor \ri-ˈsep-tər\

Definition of receptor for Students

  1. :  a cell that receives a stimulus (as light or heat) and activates an associated nerve to send a message to the brain and that may be grouped into a sense organ (as a taste bud)




Medical Dictionary

receptor

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noun re·cep·tor \ri-ˈsep-tər\

Medical Definition of receptor

  1. 1:  a cell or group of cells that receives stimuli :  sense organ

  2. 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. 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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