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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.


(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


(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.


A sense organ responding to stimuli from outside the body.
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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With the sensorimotor mechanism the tape stimulates the mechano-receptors in the skin exteroceptors and, by reflex action, induces changes in muscle tone.
After the ablation of the outer flagellum, the baseline amplitude of integrated activity declined due to a decrease in spike number of mechanosensory afferents innervating exteroceptors on the outer flagellum.
Conversely, athletes of open-skill-dominated sports perform largely according to a moment-to-moment changeable environment, or the information obtained by their exteroceptors.