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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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(Physiology) any sensory organ or part of the body, such as the eye, able to receive stimuli from outside the body. Compare interoceptor, proprioceptor
[C20 extero-, from Latin exterus exterior + (re)ceptor]
ˌexteroˈceptive adj
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(ˌɛk stər əˈsɛp tər)

a sensory receptor responding to stimuli originating outside the body.
[1905–10; extero- (comb. form of Latin exterus) + (re) ceptor]
ex`ter•o•cep′tive, adj.
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A sense organ responding to stimuli from outside the body.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.exteroceptor - any receptor that responds to stimuli outside the body
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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(9) Within these organs, there are specialized sensory receptors which provide information about the external environment (exteroceptors), maintain physiological homeostasis (interoceptors), and report on the position and movement of muscles and joints (proprioceptors).