receptor

noun
re·​cep·​tor | \ ri-ˈsep-tər How to pronounce receptor (audio) \

Definition of receptor

: receiver: such as
a : a cell or group of cells that receives stimuli : sense organ
b : a chemical group or molecule (such as a protein) on the cell surface or in the cell interior that has an affinity for a specific chemical group, molecule, or virus

Examples of receptor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Generic valsartan, which is part of a class of drugs known as angiotensin II receptor blockers, has been sold in the U.S. for a decade. Anna Edney, Fortune, 7 May 2022 In the years since, a link has been found between this class of medication, known as angiotensin receptor blockers, and this kind of diarrhea. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2022 These include angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors or angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARBs). Rachel Nall, Msn, SELF, 12 Jan. 2022 This region codes for a part of the viruses receptor binding domain -- the part of the virus that docks onto a door on the outside of our cells. Brenda Goodman, CNN, 3 May 2022 Starr used deep mutational scanning to create 4,000 different mutations of the receptor binding domain. Quanta Magazine, 11 Jan. 2022 Many researchers believe antibodies that target the coronavirus’ telltale spikes and another feature called the receptor binding domain could be a good correlate of immunity. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2021 Part of its spike protein, the receptor binding domain, could bind more tightly to human ACE2 than SARS-CoV-2’s. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, 12 Oct. 2021 Their goal was to create a vaccine to stimulate the production of bNAbs targeting the receptor binding domain (RBD) located on the coronavirus’ spike protein. Lara Marks, Quartz, 1 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of receptor

1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Receptor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/receptor. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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receptor

noun
re·​cep·​tor | \ ri-ˈsep-tər How to pronounce receptor (audio) \

Kids Definition of receptor

: a cell that receives a stimulus (as light or heat) and activates an associated nerve to send a message to the brain and that may be grouped into a sense organ (as a taste bud)

receptor

noun
re·​cep·​tor | \ ri-ˈsep-tər How to pronounce receptor (audio) \

Medical Definition of receptor

1 : a cell or group of cells that receives stimuli : sense organ
2 : a chemical group or molecule (as a protein) on the cell surface or in the cell interior that has an affinity for a specific chemical group, molecule, or virus
3 : a cellular entity (as a beta-receptor or alpha-receptor) that is a postulated intermediary between a chemical agent (as a neurohormone) acting on nervous tissue and the physiological or pharmacological response

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