stretch receptor


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stretch receptor

mus′cle spin`dle

n.
a proprioceptor in skeletal muscle, composed of muscle fibers and nerve endings, that conveys information on the state of muscle stretch. Also called stretch receptor.
[1890–95]
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Noun1.stretch receptor - a receptor in a muscle that responds to stretching of the muscle tissue
sense organ, sensory receptor, receptor - an organ having nerve endings (in the skin or viscera or eye or ear or nose or mouth) that respond to stimulation
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A stretch should be held for at least 20 seconds to fire the stretch receptor that tells the muscle to relax.
An increase in tidal volume relieves air hunger, possibly by increasing pulmonary stretch receptor cycle amplitude.
McIntire, however, doesn't think the flow deforms the membrance enough to activate a stretch receptor.
What's more, an increase in pulmonary stretch receptor activity leads to inhibition of cardiac vagal neurons resulting in an elevation of heart rate or sinus tachycardia.