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the ability to feel pain, caused by stimulation of a nociceptor. Physiologically, it is composed of four processes: transduction, transmission, modulation, and perception. Called also pain sense, algesia, and algesthesia.
The four processes that make up nociception: transduction, transmission, modulation, and perception. From Ferrante and VadeBoncouer, 1993.
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The appreciation of injurious influences, referring to nerve centers.
[noci- + perception]
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(nō″sĭ-pĕr-sĕp′shŭn) [″ + perceptio, apprehension]
The perception by the nerve centers of injurious influences or painful stimuli.
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