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nociception

noun no·ci·cep·tion \ ˌnō-sə-ˈsep-shən \

medical Definition of nociception

: the perception of a painful or injurious stimulus
  • In reality, [infants] have all the anatomical and functional components required for nociception, and they react appropriately to painful stimuli.
  • —Thomas E. WiswellThe New England Journal of Medicine24 Apr. 1997
called also nociperception

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