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

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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, "It’s Official: Fish Feel Pain," 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, "How a Single Gene Could Become a Volume Knob for Pain," 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

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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