exteroceptor

noun

ex·​tero·​cep·​tor ˌek-stə-rō-ˈsep-tər How to pronounce exteroceptor (audio)
: a sense organ excited by exteroceptive stimuli

Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of exteroceptor was in 1906

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“Exteroceptor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exteroceptor. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

exteroceptor

noun
ex·​tero·​cep·​tor -ˈsep-tər How to pronounce exteroceptor (audio)
: a sense receptor (as of touch, temperature, smell, vision, or hearing) excited by exteroceptive stimuli compare interoceptor

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