nociceptive

adjective
no·​ci·​cep·​tive | \ ˌnō-si-ˈsep-tiv How to pronounce nociceptive (audio) \

Definition of nociceptive

1 of a stimulus : painful, injurious
2 : of, induced by, or responding to a nociceptive stimulus nociceptive pain a nociceptive nerve pathway

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Recent Examples on the Web In addition to sorting out nociceptive or neuropathic from centralized pain, QST also seems able to reveal subtypes. Amber Dance, Scientific American, "The Unexpected Diversity of Pain," 20 Jan. 2020 In broad strokes, pain falls into three categories: nociceptive, neuropathic and nociplastic. Amber Dance, Scientific American, "The Unexpected Diversity of Pain," 20 Jan. 2020 If the issue is nociceptive, anti-inflammatories or knee surgery should help. Amber Dance, Scientific American, "The Unexpected Diversity of Pain," 20 Jan. 2020 But new research in mice suggests the origin might be a previously unknown organ under the skin called the nociceptive glio-neural complex. National Geographic, "Insights on mighty ‘water bears,’ hardy seeds, and a new sensory organ," 9 Jan. 2020 Dubbed the nociceptive glio-neural complex, this structure is not quite like the typical picture of a complex organ like the heart or the spleen. National Geographic, "Newly discovered organ may be lurking under your skin," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of nociceptive

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nociceptive

Latin nocēre "to injure, harm" + -i- + -ceptive (in receptive) — more at noxious

Note: Term probably introduced by the British physiologist Charles Scott Sherrington (1857-1952) in several publications in 1904, as "Correlation of Reflexes and the Principle of the Common Path" (opening address to a meeting of the British Association, Section I, Physiology), Nature, vol. 70, no. 1819 (September 8, 1904), p. 463.

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“Nociceptive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nociceptive. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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nociceptive

adjective
no·​ci·​cep·​tive | \ ˌnō-si-ˈsep-tiv How to pronounce nociceptive (audio) \

Medical Definition of nociceptive

1 of a stimulus : painful, injurious
2 : of, induced by, or responding to a nociceptive stimulus used especially of receptors or protective reflexes

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