che·​mo·​re·​cep·​tor | \ ˌkē-mō-ri-ˈsep-tər How to pronounce chemoreceptor (audio) \

Definition of chemoreceptor

: a sense organ (such as a taste bud) responding to chemical stimuli

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In fact, the vomiting in motion sickness is induced by the same area of the brain — the chemoreceptor trigger zone in the medulla — that causes vomiting in response to poisons. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Triangulation and Motion Sickness’," 30 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of chemoreceptor

1906, in the meaning defined above

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che·​mo·​re·​cep·​tor | \ -ri-ˈsep-tər How to pronounce chemoreceptor (audio) \
variants: also chemoceptor \ ˈkē-​mō-​ˌsep-​tər also ˈkem-​ō-​ \

Medical Definition of chemoreceptor

: a sense organ (as a taste bud) responding to chemical stimuli

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