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Of or relating to sensory nerve fibers that enable the perception of slight differences in the intensity of stimuli, especially touch or temperature.

[Greek epikritikos, decisive, from epikritēs, decider, from epikrīnein, to decide : epi-, epi- + krīnein, to judge; see krei- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Physiology) (of certain nerve fibres of the skin) serving to perceive and distinguish fine variations of temperature or touch
[C20: from Greek epikritikos decisive, from epikrinein to decide, from epi- + krinein to judge]
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(ˌɛp ɪˈkrɪt ɪk)

of or pertaining to neurons that are responsive to fine variations in touch or temperature.
[1900–05; < Greek epikrítikos determinative =epikri-, variant s. of epikrinein to judge]
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Dannheim, "Epicritical consideration of 300 cases of trabeculotomy 'ab externo'," Transactions of the Ophthalmological Societies of the United Kingdom, vol.
The laryngeal closure reflex is elicited by stimulation of epicritical sensory receptors, ubiquitous but particularly rich in the arytenoid mucosa and on the laryngeal surface of the epiglottis.