free nerve ending

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: nerve ending - microscopic sensory nerve endings in the skin that are not connected to any specific sensory receptor
cutis, skin, tegument - a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch; "your skin is the largest organ of your body"
nerve end, nerve ending - the terminal structure of an axon that does not end at a synapse
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Apart from the sensory receptors in the skin such as Merkel's Discs, Meissner's corpuscles and Free Nerve Endings, there are key intra-fascial mechanoreceptors that are activated during a treatment.
Peripheral free nerve endings, which act as pain sensors, reach full maturity between 23 and 25 weeks, forming a complete link with the brain by about 26 weeks.