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a specialized tactile sensory nerve ending in the epidermis, characterized by a terminal cuplike expansion of an intraepidermal axon in contact with the base of a single Merkel cell.
tac·tile me·nis·cus(tak'til mĕ-nis'kŭs)
Merkel,Friedrich Sigmund, German anatomist and physiologist, 1845-1919.
Merkel cell tumor - a rare malignant cutaneous tumor. Synonym(s): primary neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin; trabecular carcinoma
Merkel corpuscle - a specialized tactile sensory nerve ending in the epidermis. Synonym(s): Merkel tactile cell; Merkel tactile disk; tactile meniscus
Merkel tactile cell - Synonym(s): Merkel corpuscle
Merkel tactile disk - Synonym(s): Merkel corpuscle