proprioceptor

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noun pro·pri·o·cep·tor \-tər\

Definition of proprioceptor

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

Origin and Etymology of proprioceptor

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


First Known Use: 1906


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proprioceptor

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noun pro·prio·cep·tor \-ˈsep-tər\

Medical Definition of proprioceptor

  1. :  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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