Nociceptor definition

nōsĭ-sĕptər
A sensory receptor that responds to pain.
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A sensory receptor that responds to pain.
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A sensory receptor that sends signals that cause the perception of pain in response to a potentially damaging stimulus.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
nociceptor
Plural:
nociceptors

Origin of nociceptor

  • Latin nocēre to hurt nocent (re)ceptor

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin nocÄ“re (“to hurt") + contracted form of (re)ceptor

    From Wiktionary