noun see mechanoreceptor

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • mechanoreception — mech·a·no·reception …   English syllables

  • mechanoreception — noun see mechanoreceptor …   Useful english dictionary

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  • nervous system, human — ▪ anatomy Introduction       system that conducts stimuli from sensory receptors to the brain and spinal cord and that conducts impulses back to other parts of the body. As with other higher vertebrates, the human nervous system has two main… …   Universalium

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  • sound reception — Introduction       response of an organism s aural mechanism, the ear, to a specific form of energy change, or sound waves. Sound waves can be transmitted through gases, liquids, or solids, but the hearing function of each species is particularly …   Universalium

  • mechanoreceptor — noun Date: 1927 a neural end organ (as a tactile receptor) that responds to a mechanical stimulus (as a change in pressure) • mechanoreception noun • mechanoreceptive adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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