Physiol. designating or of certain sensory nerves having limited sensibility, that respond to heat and pain from a general area
Origin of protopathicproto- + -pathic
Sensing pain, pressure, heat, or cold in a nonspecific manner, usually without localizing the stimulus. Used especially of certain sensory nerves.
Origin of protopathicFrom Medieval Greek pr&omacron;topath&emacron;s, affected first, from Greek pr&omacron;topathein, to feel first : pr&omacron;to-, proto- + pathos, experience, feeling.