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Related to mechanoreception: photoreception, chemoreception


A specialized sensory end organ that responds to mechanical stimuli such as tension, pressure, or displacement.

mech′a·no·re·cep′tion n.
mech′a·no·re·cep′tive adj.


(Physiology) physiol a sensory receptor, as in the skin, that is sensitive to a mechanical stimulus, such as pressure


(ˌmɛk ə noʊ rɪˈsɛp tər)

any of the neuronal receptors that respond to vibration, stretching, pressure, or other mechanical stimuli.
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Mole cricket mechanoreception, particularly sound perception and phonotaxis, have been described (Ulagaraj & Walker 1975; Ulagaraj 1976; Walker & Forrest 1989; Mason et al.
These structures increase in density, covered surface, and distribution during ontogeny and should be related to chemoreception and mechanoreception.
We have identified a specific type of neuron in the optic tectum that, because of its position, must be involved with vision in the aerial visual field and might be involved in the integration of visual and mechanoreception.