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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.
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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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When we are touched, the interoceptors investigate how much pressure is being applied, and where.
13: interoceptors retrospection (internal bodily receptors)
(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).