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Related to interoceptor: exteroceptor


A specialized sensory nerve receptor that receives and responds to stimuli originating from within the body.

in′ter·o·cep′tive adj.


(Physiology) physiol a sensory receptor of an internal organ (excluding the muscles). Compare exteroceptor, proprioceptor
[C20: from inter(ior) + (re)ceptor]
ˌinteroˈceptive adj


(ˌɪn tə roʊˈsɛp tər)

a sensory receptor or nerve ending that responds to stimuli originating from within the body.
[1905–10; inter (ior) + -o- + ((re)ceptor]
in`ter•o•cep′tive, adj.


A type of sensory nerve ending found in internal organs and responding to changes inside the body.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.interoceptor - any receptor that responds to stimuli inside 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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Research in Gothenburg found there is a specific type of touch receptor - an interoceptor - which goes to the insular cortex of the brain - the emotional part.
13: interoceptors retrospection (internal bodily receptors)