nociceptor

noun
no·​ci·​cep·​tor | \ ˌnō-si-ˈsep-tər How to pronounce nociceptor (audio) \

Definition of nociceptor

: a receptor (as in the skin) for nociceptive stimuli : a pain sense organ

Examples of nociceptor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At 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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First Known Use of nociceptor

1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nociceptor

noci- (in nociceptive) + (re)ceptor

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“Nociceptor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nociceptor. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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nociceptor

noun
no·​ci·​cep·​tor | \ -ˈsep-tər How to pronounce nociceptor (audio) \

Medical Definition of nociceptor

: a receptor for injurious or painful stimuli : a pain sense organ

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