Pacinian corpuscles


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Related to Pacinian corpuscles: Meissner's Corpuscles, Ruffini corpuscles, Nociceptors
small oval bodies terminating some of the minute branches of the sensory nerves in the skin of the fingers, mesentery, integument and other parts of the body; the corpuscula lamellosa; called also Vater's corpuscles and Vater-Pacini corpuscles. They are sensitive to pressure, and supposed to be tactile organs.

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People have Pacinian corpuscles in their palms and fingertips.
When you stroke your fingers over a surface, its structure triggers high-frequency vibrations in the finger, to which specific touch receptors, the Pacinian corpuscles, respond.