sense organ


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

sense organ

n.
A specialized organ or structure, such as the eye, ear, tongue, nose, or skin, where sensory neurons are concentrated and that functions as a receptor. Also called sensor.

sense organ

A sensory receptor; a structure consisting of specialized sensory nerve endings that are capable of reacting to a stimulus (an external or internal change) by generating nerve impulses that pass through afferent nerves to the central nervous system. These impulses may give rise to sensations or reflexly bring about responses in the body.
See also: organ

sense organ

any receptor of external or internal stimuli.

sense organ 

A structure especially adapted for the reception of stimuli and the transmission of the relevant information to the brain. The organ of sight is the eye, in which light is transduced into nerve signals in the photoreceptors of the retina.
References in periodicals archive ?
Accordingly, a further necessary condition for perception could be that the sensible form is received by the functioning sense organ of a living animal body.
In chapter rive and six Messbarger focuses on Morandi's oeuvre as embodied in her wax series and written observations on the sense organs (the eyes and hand in chapter rive) and on the male reproductive system and genitalia (chapter six).
1996) Sense Organs of Insect Legs and the Selection of Sensors for Agile Walking Robots, The International Journal of Robotics Research 15: pp: 113-127
They have no eyes, no obvious sense organs or brain but there is a head end, tail end and indication of a backbone.
As you enter the woods, sound waves, naturally occurring chemicals, light waves, and other forms of physical energy that emanate from the environment will stimulate receptor cells in your sense organs.
1] Structural and functional effects of heavy metals on the nervous system including sense organs were notice in fishes.
Respectively, they carry incoming messages from sense organs, transmit outgoing signals from the brain to the body, and form a complex pattern of connections in the brain and spinal cord linking the sensory to the motor.
Which of the body's sense organs is connected to the brain by the olfactory nerves?
If so, it would be the first time that scientists have caught evolution in the act of creating a new species because of changes in sense organs.
Early man, like most animals, must have used sense organs to diagnose diseases.
So do all of our physiological and neurological processes, including the inputs to our cerebral cortex from our sense organs and from our limbic system, which controls our emotions.
Prior to the evolution of the capacity for imagination, our ancestors' minds must have been as rigidly bound to the deliverances of their sense organs as the minds of nonhuman primates are today.