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sensory neuron

noun

medical Definition of sensory neuron

:a neuron that transmits nerve impulses from a sense organ towards the central nervous system
  • The activity of a neuron—whether it's a sensory neuron receiving information from the outside world or an interneuron integrating it or a motor neuron provoking muscles into action—is not so much a step-by-step series of events as a kind of symphony of rising and falling cellular activities …
  • —Stephen S. HallScience 85May 1985
  • In mammals, olfactory sensory neurons … are located within the olfactory epithelium of the nasal cavity
  • —Peter MombaertsScience22 Oct. 1999
— compare interneuron, motor neuron

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