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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.
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(Physiology) physiol a sensory receptor, as in the skin, that is sensitive to a mechanical stimulus, such as pressure
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(ˌmɛk ə noʊ rɪˈsɛp tər)

any of the neuronal receptors that respond to vibration, stretching, pressure, or other mechanical stimuli.
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Recently, a low threshold mechanoreceptor was suggested to be able to modulate nociceptive activity in the DRG and DH and produce inhibitory effects on spinothalamic tract cells [45].
Single unit analysis of mechanoreceptor activity from the human glabrous skin.
In open surgeries, the 20 mm version of the tactile mechanoreceptor was used.
The morphometric changes in the ZP could be explained by the activation of the mechanoreceptor Integrina / Pax-Fax, located in the chondrocytes, which through mechanical stimulation generates activation of the pathway PI3k / Akt, inhibiting the phosphorylation of B-Catenin, which on accumulation migrate to the nucleus promoting cell proliferation and MEC secretion genes (Takeuchi et al.).
The mechanism of NCS has thought to be triggered by ventricular mechanoreceptor's discharge induced by venous blood, pooling those results from orthostatic.
It has been also suggested that ACL-resection-associated disruption of the afferent signals from the mechanoreceptor of ACL may modulate the muscle tone around the knee joint (Barrack et al., 1989; Barrett et al., 1991; Johansson et al., 1991; Kanemura et al., 2002; Ochi et al., 2002; Ochi et al., 1999).
This reduces muscular contraction in masticatory muscles by suppressing the mechanoreceptor activity due to shortened disclusion time.
MTEC allows intraoperative mechanoreceptor tactile examination of tissues and is already used in endoscopic surgery [14-16].
The mechanoreceptor in the esophagus is sensitive to stretch distension, and when activated, the signal is sent to the brainstem via the esophageal plexus [12].
For example, secretin is secreted in response to duodenal acidification and 5-HT secreting EC cells have mechanoreceptor properties.
By electrophysiological recordings these sensilla are innervated by five neurons: four chemoreceptor neurons and one mechanoreceptor neuron.