Baroreceptor Definition

bărə-rĭ-sĕptər
noun
A sensory nerve ending that is stimulated by changes in pressure, especially one in the walls of blood vessels such as the carotid sinus.
American Heritage
A nerve ending sensitive to pressure: in the circulatory system they help regulate the dilation of blood vessels by reacting to blood pressure.
Webster's New World
A sensory nerve ending in the walls of the auricles of the heart, vena cava, carotid sinus, and aortic arch, sensitive to stretching of the wall due to increased pressure from within, and functioning as the receptor of reflex mechanisms that tend to reduce that pressure.
American Heritage Medicine
(anatomy) A nerve ending that is sensitive to changes in blood pressure.
Wiktionary
other
A cell or sense organ found in the walls of the body's major arteries and stimulated by changes in blood pressure. Signals from baroceptors lead to a reduction in arterial blood pressure.
American Heritage Science
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baroreceptor
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baroreceptors

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