mechanoreceptor

noun

mech·​a·​no·​re·​cep·​tor ˌme-kə-nō-ri-ˈsep-tər How to pronounce mechanoreceptor (audio)
: a neural end organ (such as a tactile receptor) that responds to a mechanical stimulus (such as a change in pressure)
mechanoreception noun
mechanoreceptive adjective

Example Sentences

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, 24 Jan. 2020 Their mechanoreceptors respond to lacunae and threats as small as 13 nanometers in amplitude. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 21 Jan. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mechanoreceptor was in 1927

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Cite this Entry

“Mechanoreceptor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mechanoreceptor. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

mechanoreceptor

noun

mech·​a·​no·​re·​cep·​tor -ri-ˈsep-tər How to pronounce mechanoreceptor (audio)
: a neural end organ (as a Pacinian corpuscle) that responds to a mechanical stimulus (as a change in pressure)
mechanoreception noun
mechanoreceptive adjective

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