sensory receptor


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Noun1.sensory receptor - an organ having nerve endings (in the skin or viscera or eye or ear or nose or mouth) that respond to stimulationsensory receptor - an organ having nerve endings (in the skin or viscera or eye or ear or nose or mouth) that respond to stimulation
lateral line, lateral line organ - sense organs of fish and amphibians; believed to detect pressure changes in the water
organ - a fully differentiated structural and functional unit in an animal that is specialized for some particular function
enteroceptor, interoceptor - any receptor that responds to stimuli inside the body
exteroceptor - any receptor that responds to stimuli outside the body
pineal eye, third eye - a sensory structure capable of light reception located on the dorsal side of the diencephalon in various reptiles
baroreceptor - a sensory receptor that responds to pressure
chemoreceptor - a sensory receptor that responds to chemical stimuli
thermoreceptor - a sensory receptor that responds to heat and cold
eye, oculus, optic - the organ of sight
ear - the sense organ for hearing and equilibrium
organ of hearing - the part of the ear that is responsible for sensations of sound
inner ear, internal ear, labyrinth - a complex system of interconnecting cavities; concerned with hearing and equilibrium
semicircular canal - one of three tube loops filled with fluid and in planes nearly at right angles with one another; concerned with equilibrium
stretch receptor - a receptor in a muscle that responds to stretching of the muscle tissue
papilla - a small nipple-shaped protuberance concerned with taste, touch, or smell; "the papillae of the tongue"
sensory system - the body's system of sense organs
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But what if we can add another sensory receptor to our body?
Whole body vibration (WBV) is a current neuromuscular training method, which even at a low intensity provokes muscle length changes that stimulate the sensory receptor of the muscle spindle.
11-13) The H-reflex is considered the electrical analog to the spinal stretch reflex, but has an important difference in that it bypasses the muscle spindle and thus facilitates study of the central mechanisms involved in motoneuron excitability, without the influence of the muscle spindle sensory receptor.
The patterns of positive selection across mammalian, avian and aquatic vertebrate genomes show that sensory receptor genes are highly conserved.
This volume contains 12 chapters and a short communication on developmental gene expression regulation, with specific topics encompassing early developmental gene expression in vertebrates, regulating genes to modulate aging, sensory receptor gene regulation, inner ear cells, growth factors, estrogen function, neurosecretory cells, temporal patterns of gene expression in embryos, and brain-sex differentiation.
However, in the presence of pro-oxidant chemical agents, we demonstrated that even mild noise can yield oxidative stress leading to the death of sensory receptor cells for sound, the outer hair cells, and subsequent permanent impairment of auditory function (Fechter et al.
The problem lies in the sensory receptor mechanism in the muscles of the ankle, which adjusts the position of the foot on the ground to maintain balance.
The sensory receptor cells in the inner ear are nourished by the mineral zinc, beta-carotene, and vitamin A.
The damage often occurs gradually, accumulating over time as sensory receptor hair cells in the ears are destroyed by loud noise.
The sensory receptor TRPV1 is basically a protein that opens up in response to physical temperature as well as the fiery molecules in food.
Rauschecker said: "Like phantom pain, the firing of central neurons in the brain continues to convey perceptual experiences, even though the corresponding sensory receptor cells have been destroyed.