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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.
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Thus, the sense organs, like these new media, pare down and shape
However, the "facts" that one gathers from nature may not always be repeatable by others because our sensory systems may not respond in the same way or our minds fail to process information from our sense organs in the same manner.
If perception is understood as a process connecting the sense organs and the perceived thing it means that it cannot be at any time passive; being the result of an encounter, sensations are always understood as act and not passion.
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1 : awareness (as of noise or heat) or a mental process (as seeing or smelling) resulting from stimulation of a sense organ <I felt a tingling sensation in my leg.
3) A minute body on the surface of a sea urchin, thought to be a sense organ.
Observations on the ultrastructure of a cephalic sense organ of the nematode Mermis nigrescens.
pallida larvae exhibit greater behavioral specificity and neuronal differences within the hood sense organ (Santagata, 2002).
If one sense organ is defective, the other senses are more developed.
26) In other places, Aristotle makes clear that excessive sensible qualities such as a very harsh sound can destroy the sense organ.
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