proprioceptor

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Coined by English neurophysiologist Charles Sherrington in 1906, originally in the spelling proprio-ceptor, from proprius + clipped receptor.

Noun[edit]

proprioceptor (plural proprioceptors)

  1. (anatomy) A nerve ending that functions as a sensory receptor in muscles, tendons, joints and the inner ear; they respond to movement and position

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