mechanoreceptor

noun
mech·​a·​no·​re·​cep·​tor | \ ˌme-kə-nō-ri-ˈsep-tər How to pronounce mechanoreceptor (audio) \

Definition of mechanoreceptor

: a neural end organ (such as a tactile receptor) that responds to a mechanical stimulus (such as a change in pressure)

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Other Words from mechanoreceptor

mechanoreception \ ˌme-​kə-​nō-​ri-​ˈsep-​shən How to pronounce mechanoreception (audio) \ noun
mechanoreceptive \ ˌme-​kə-​nō-​ri-​ˈsep-​tiv How to pronounce mechanoreceptive (audio) \ adjective

Examples of mechanoreceptor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bednarsek also saw, to her surprise, that the acidic water was impacting the crabs’ ability to grow hair-like sensory organs called mechanoreceptors. oregonlive, "Ocean acidification is impacting Dungeness crabs, Oregon’s most-valuable fishery, study shows," 24 Jan. 2020 Their mechanoreceptors respond to lacunae and threats as small as 13 nanometers in amplitude. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, "The Unbearable Softness of Engineered Fabrics," 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of mechanoreceptor

1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Mechanoreceptor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mechanoreceptor. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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mechanoreceptor

noun
mech·​a·​no·​re·​cep·​tor | \ -ri-ˈsep-tər How to pronounce mechanoreceptor (audio) \

Medical Definition of mechanoreceptor

: a neural end organ (as a Pacinian corpuscle) that responds to a mechanical stimulus (as a change in pressure)

Other Words from mechanoreceptor

mechanoreception \ -​ˈsep-​shən How to pronounce mechanoreception (audio) \ noun
mechanoreceptive \ -​ˈsep-​tiv How to pronounce mechanoreceptive (audio) \ adjective

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