interoceptor

noun

in·​ter·​o·​cep·​tor ˌin-tə-rō-ˈsep-tər How to pronounce interoceptor (audio)
: a sensory receptor excited by interoceptive stimuli

Examples of interoceptor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The insular cortex, a thin line of gray matter between the temporal and parietal lobes of the brain, controls interoceptor activity, a data center of information flowing continuously and keeping us primed for reaction. Sara Novak, Discover Magazine, 3 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of interoceptor was in 1906

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“Interoceptor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interoceptor. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

interoceptor

noun
in·​tero·​cep·​tor -tər How to pronounce interoceptor (audio)
: a sensory receptor excited by interoceptive stimuli compare exteroceptor
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