pro·​pri·​o·​cep·​tor | \ ˌprō-prē-ō-ˈsep-tər How to pronounce proprioceptor (audio) \

Definition of proprioceptor

: a sensory receptor (such as a muscle spindle) excited by proprioceptive stimuli (such as changes in limb position)

First Known Use of proprioceptor

1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for proprioceptor

New Latin, from Latin proprius + New Latin -ceptor (as in receptor)

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The first known use of proprioceptor was in 1906

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“Proprioceptor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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pro·​prio·​cep·​tor | \ -ˈsep-tər How to pronounce proprioceptor (audio) \

Medical Definition of proprioceptor

: a sensory receptor that is located deep in the tissues (as in skeletal or heart muscle, tendons, the gastrointestinal wall, or the carotid sinus) and that functions in proprioception (as in response to changes of physical tension or chemical condition within the body)

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