: a receptor (as in the skin) for nociceptive stimuli : a pain sense organ
Examples of nociceptor in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebAt the anatomical level, fish have neurons known as nociceptors, which detect potential harm, such as high temperatures, intense pressure, and caustic chemicals.
Ferris Jabr, Smithsonian, 8 Jan. 2018 Acute pain begins with nociceptors—long neurons that originate in the spinal cord and end as thin fibers in the skin.
Erika Hayasaki, WIRED, 18 Apr. 2017
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