baroreceptor

noun

baro·​re·​cep·​tor ˌber-ō-ri-ˈsep-tər How to pronounce baroreceptor (audio)
ˌba-rō-
variants or less commonly baroceptor
: a sensory nerve ending especially in the walls of large arteries (such as the carotid sinus) that is sensitive to changes in blood pressure

Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of baroreceptor was in 1948

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Cite this Entry

“Baroreceptor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/baroreceptor. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

baroreceptor

noun
baro·​re·​cep·​tor ˌbar-ō-ri-ˈsep-tər How to pronounce baroreceptor (audio)
variants also baroceptor
: a sensory nerve ending especially in the walls of large arteries (as the carotid sinus and arch of the aorta) that is sensitive to changes in blood pressure

called also pressoreceptor

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