receptor

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French receptour or Latin receptor.

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receptor (plural receptors)

  1. (biochemistry, medicine) A protein on a cell wall that binds with specific molecules so that they can be absorbed into the cell in order to control certain functions.
    • 2001: In the target organ, the drug is recognised by ‘receptors’. These are large molecules, usually proteins, to which the drug binds tightly and with a high degree of specificity. — Leslie Iversen, Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2001, p. 24)
  2. (biology) Any specialized cell or structure that responds to sensory stimuli.

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Adjective[edit]

receptor m (feminine receptora, plural receptores, feminine plural receptoras; comparable)

  1. (Brazil) Alternative form of recetor

Noun[edit]

receptor m (plural receptores, feminine receptora, feminine plural receptoras)

  1. (Brazil) Alternative form of recetor

Spanish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

receptor m (feminine receptora, masculine plural receptores, feminine plural receptoras)

  1. receiving

Noun[edit]

receptor m (plural receptores)

  1. receiver, receptor, recipient