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A sense organ, such as the ear, that receives and responds to stimuli originating from outside the body.

[Latin exter, outside; see exterior + (re)ceptor.]

ex′ter·o·cep′tive adj.
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Adj.1.exteroceptive - of or relating to exteroception
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'How can I perceive across this body, so to speak, another's psyche?' Merleau-Ponty asks in 'The Child's Relations with Others' (1964a: p114) and traces the journey of the newborn from the visceral, interoceptive state of sleeping, feeding and excreting to an emergent exteroceptivity (which begins with the mother's breast) and to 'a body which rises towards the world' (1962: p87).