mechanoreceptor

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Related to mechanoreception: photoreception, chemoreception

mechanoreceptor

 [mek″ah-no-re-sep´ter]
a nerve ending sensitive to mechanical pressures or distortions, as those responding to touch and muscle contractions.

mech·a·no·re·cep·tor

(mek'ă-nō-rē-sep'tŏr),
A receptor that responds to mechanical pressure or distortion; for example, receptors in the carotid sinuses, touch receptors in the skin.
Synonym(s): mechanicoreceptor

mechanoreceptor

/mech·a·no·re·cep·tor/ (mek″ah-no-re-sep´ter) a receptor that is excited by mechanical pressures or distortions, as those responding to touch and muscular contractions.

mechanoreceptor

(mĕk′ə-nō-rĭ-sĕp′tər)
n.
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.

mechanoreceptor

[mek′ənō′risep′tər]
Etymology: Gk, mechane, machine; L, recipere, to receive
any sensory nerve ending that responds to mechanical stimuli, such as touch, pressure, sound, and muscular contractions. See also proprioceptor.

mechanoreceptor

A sensory receptor that responds to a mechanical stimulus (e.g., pressure or distortion).
 
Examples
Meissner's corpuscles, Merkel's discs, Pacinian corpuscles, Ruffini endings.

mech·a·no·re·cep·tor

(mekă-nō-rĕ-septŏr)
A receptor that responds to mechanical pressure or distortion; e.g., receptors in the carotid sinuses, touch receptors in the skin.

mechanoreceptor

A sensory receptor that responds preferentially to physical deformation such as stretching, twisting, compressing or bending.

mechanoreceptor

a sensory structure that receives mechanical stimuli such as sound, pressure, movement, etc. See, for example, PROPRIOCEPTOR.

mechanoreceptor (mi·kanˈ·ō·ri·sepˑ·tr),

n a sense receptor activated by mechanical pressure (e.g., touch, massage) or distortion (e.g., muscle tension).

mech·a·no·re·cep·tor

(mekă-nō-rĕ-septŏr)
Receptor that responds to mechanical pressure, e.g., receptors in the carotid sinuses.

mechanoreceptor,

n a sensory nerve ending that responds to mechanical stimuli, such as touch, pressure, sound, and muscular contraction.

mechanoreceptor

a nerve-ending sensitive to mechanical pressures or distortions, such as those responding to touch and muscle contractions.

cutaneous mechanoreceptor
touch, pain, temperature, pressure receptors are defined in human skin; also some touch sensors which are stimulated only by firm pressure over a long period.
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Sensilla with tip pores can function in both gustation and mechanoreception, and occur on mole cricket maxillary and labial palps.
Chemoreception and mechanoreception are the main methods used by decapod crustaceans to identify food particles and locate mates (Anger 2001, Bauer 2004).
Marine gastropods are known to use chemoreception and mechanoreception to sense their environment, and some gastropods also have nociception receptors, which detect physical and chemical danger cues and elicit a defensive reaction (Chase, 2002).
Our finding that muscle mechanoreception is most sensitive in peripheral muscle fibers agrees with Graziadei's anatomical description.
Chemoreception and mechanoreception in the gastropod mollusc Pleurobranchaea californica.
Mechanoreception in zooplankton first antennae: electrophysiological techniques.
Final, though unlikely, possibilities are that some ampullary neurons act as photoreceptors or mechanoreceptors while others perform chemoreception, or that sensory modality shifts--for example, from photo- or mechanoreception to chemoreception--as the larva attains metamorphic competence.
Cuticular mechanoreception in the antennal flagellum of the rock lobster Panulirus vulgaris.
Negative geotaxis in sea urchin larvae: a possible role of mechanoreception in the late stages of development.