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Related to Pacinian corpuscle: Ruffini corpuscle
An encapsulated receptor found in deep layers of the skin that senses vibratory pressure and touch.
[After Filippo Pacini (1812-1883), Italian anatomist.]
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|Noun||1.||Pacinian corpuscle - a specialized bulblike nerve ending located in the subcutaneous tissue of the skin; occurs abundantly in the skin of palms and soles and joints and genitals|
cutis, skin, tegument - a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch; "your skin is the largest organ of your body"