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

(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

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.

mech·a·no·re·cep·tor

(mekă-nō-rĕ-septŏr)
Receptor that responds to mechanical pressure, e.g., receptors in the carotid sinuses.
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Sensilla chaetica and microtrichia on the palpi of females and males suggest the importance of mechanoreception. The distally distributed sensilla basiconica are not as numerous as the microtrichia, but the presence of cuticular pores suggests an olfactory function.
Chaetognaths detect prey primarily through mechanoreception, using ciliary fences along the body and fins (Horridge and Boulton, 1967).
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.
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.