exteroceptor

noun ex·tero·cep·tor \ ˌek-stə-rō-ˈsep-tər \

Definition of exteroceptor

: a sense organ excited by exteroceptive stimuli

First Known Use of exteroceptor

1906

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exteroceptor

noun ex·tero·cep·tor \ -ˈsep-tər \

medical Definition of exteroceptor

: a sense receptor (as of touch, temperature, smell, vision, or hearing) excited by exteroceptive stimuli — compare interoceptor

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