sense organ
noun Date: 1854 a bodily structure that receives a stimulus and is affected in such a manner as to initiate excitation of associated sensory nerve fibers which convey specific impulses to the central nervous system where they are interpreted as corresponding sensations ; receptor

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  • Sense organ — Sense Sense, n. [L. sensus, from sentire, sensum, to perceive, to feel, from the same root as E. send; cf. OHG. sin sense, mind, sinnan to go, to journey, G. sinnen to meditate, to think: cf. F. sens. For the change of meaning cf. {See}, v. t.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sense organ — ► NOUN ▪ an organ of the body which responds to external stimuli by conveying impulses to the sensory nervous system …   English terms dictionary

  • sense organ — n. any organ or structure, as an eye or a taste bud, containing afferent nerve terminals that are specialized to receive specific stimuli and transmit them to the brain; receptor …   English World dictionary

  • sense organ — n a bodily structure that receives a stimulus (as heat or sound waves) and is affected in such a manner as to initiate a wave of excitation in associated sensory nerve fibers which convey specific impulses to the central nervous system where they …   Medical dictionary

  • sense organ — sense .organ n a part of your body through which you see, smell, hear, taste, or feel something …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sense organ — sense ,organ noun count a part of your body that you use to see, hear, smell, taste, or feel something …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sense organ — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms sense organ : singular sense organ plural sense organs a part of your body that you use to see, hear, smell, taste, or feel something …   English dictionary

  • sense organ — sense organs N COUNT: usu pl Your sense organs are the parts of your body, for example your eyes and your ears, which enable you to be aware of things around you. [FORMAL] …   English dictionary

  • sense organ — sense′ or gan n. anat. a specialized bodily structure that receives or is sensitive to internal or external stimuli; receptor • Etymology: 1850–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • sense organ — noun an organ having nerve endings (in the skin or viscera or eye or ear or nose or mouth) that respond to stimulation (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑sensory receptor, ↑receptor • Ant: ↑effector (for: ↑receptor) …   Useful english dictionary

  • sense organ — A simple or multicellular receptor organ, comprised of at least one sensory cell and accessory structures …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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