nocireceptor


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nocireceptor

(ˈnəʊsɪrɪˌsɛptə) or

nociceptor

n
(Physiology) physiol a receptor sensitive to pain
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19, 2014) ("Any of the free nerve endings located throughout the body that function as sensory receptors, transmitting sensations of pain in response to noxious stimulation, one type (the monomodal nocireceptor) being a thinly myelinated delta fibre that responds to severe mechanical deformation, the other (the polymodal nocireceptor) being a C fibre that responds to mechanical deformation, excessive heat or cold, and irritant chemical stimulation, and is responsible for the axon reflex.").