ampulla of Lorenzini

noun phrase
ampulla of Lo·​ren·​zi·​ni | \ -ˌlȯr-ən-ˈzē-nē How to pronounce ampulla of Lorenzini (audio) \

Definition of ampulla of Lorenzini

: any of the pores on the snouts of marine sharks and rays that contain receptors highly sensitive to weak electric fields

First Known Use of ampulla of Lorenzini

1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ampulla of Lorenzini

after Stefano Lorenzini 17th-century Italian physician

Note: The ampullae were described by Lorenzini in Osservazioni intorno alle torpedini (Florence, 1678).

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“Ampulla of Lorenzini.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ampulla%20of%20Lorenzini. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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