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exteroceptor

 [ek″ster-o-sep´tor]
a sensory nerve ending stimulated by the immediate external environment, such as those in the skin and mucous membranes. adj., adj exterocep´tive.

ex·ter·o·cep·tor

(eks'ter-ō-sep'tŏr, -tōr),
One of the peripheral end organs of the afferent nerves in the skin or mucous membrane, which respond to stimulation by external agents.
[L. exterus, external, + receptor, receiver]

exteroceptor

(ĕk′stə-rō-sĕp′tər)
n.
A sense organ, such as the ear, that receives and responds to stimuli originating from outside the body.

ex′ter·o·cep′tive adj.

ex·ter·o·cep·tor

(eks'tĕr-ō-sep'tŏr)
One of the peripheral end organs of the afferent nerves in the skin or mucous membrane that respond to stimulation by external agents.
[L. exterus, external, + receptor, receiver]

exteroceptor

Any sense organ receiving external stimuli.

exteroceptor

any sensory organ that detects stimuli such as temperature, light, sound, from outside the organism.