Merkel disk

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Merkel disk

[Friedrich S. Merkel, Ger. anatomist, 1845–1919]
The tiny expanded end of a sensory nerve fiber found in the epidermis and in the epithelial root sheath of a hair. Synonym: tactile disk; tactile meniscus

Merkel cell, Merkel disk

found in the basal layer of the epidermis; believed to act as slow-acting tactile endorgans.

Merkel cell tumor
see neuroendocrine cell tumor.