One of a variety of sensory end organs (such as the muscle spindle and Golgi tendon organ) in muscles, tendons, and joint capsules that sense position or state of contraction.

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pro·prio·cep·tor -'sep-tər n a sensory receptor that is located deep in the tissues (as in skeletal or heart muscle, tendons, the gastrointestinal wall, or the carotid sinus) and that functions in proprioception (as in response to changes of physical tension or chemical condition within the body)

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a specialized sensory nerve ending (see receptor) that monitors internal changes in the body brought about by movement and muscular activity. Proprioceptors located in muscles and tendons transmit information that is used to coordinate muscular activity (see stretch receptor, tendon organ). See also mechanoreceptor.

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pro·prio·cep·tor (pro″pre-o-sepґtər) sensory nerve terminals found in muscles, tendons, and joint capsules, which give information concerning movements and position of the body; sometimes the receptors in the labyrinth are also considered proprioceptors. See exteroceptor, interoceptor, and receptor (def. 3).

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  • proprioceptor — |cèt| s. m. 1. Receptor ou órgão que permite a percepção da posição, deslocamento, equilíbrio, peso e distribuição do próprio corpo e das suas partes. • adj. 2. Relativo a propriocepção (ex.: atividade proprioceptora). = PROPRIOCEPTIVO… …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • proprioceptor — propriocèptor m DEFINICIJA fiziol. receptor smješten u mišićima, zglobovima i tetivama; posreduje u održavanju ravnoteže tijela ETIMOLOGIJA lat. proprius: svoj, vlastiti + v. recepcija, {{(re)ceptor>> …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • proprioceptor — [prō΄prē ō sep′tər, prō΄prē ə sep′tər] n. [< L proprius, one s own + (RE)CEPTOR] any of the sensory end organs in the muscles, tendons, etc. that are sensitive to the stimuli originated in these organs by the movement of the body or its parts …   English World dictionary

  • proprioceptor — noun Etymology: New Latin, from Latin proprius + New Latin ceptor (as in receptor) Date: 1906 a sensory receptor (as a muscle spindle) excited by proprioceptive stimuli (as changes in limb position) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • proprioceptor — n. [L. proprius, ones own; receptor, receiver] 1. Internal sense organs that lie within the body cavity and respond to internal conditions of the organism. 2. Mechanoreceptors that detect movements or position of the body parts; in arthropods,… …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • proprioceptor — /proh pree euh sep teuhr/, n. Physiol. a receptor located in subcutaneous tissues, as muscles, tendons, and joints, that responds to stimuli produced within the body. [1905 10; PROPRIO + (RE)CEPTOR] * * * …   Universalium

  • proprioceptor — noun A nerve ending that functions as a sensory receptor in muscles, tendons, joints and the inner ear; they respond to movement and position …   Wiktionary

  • proprioceptor — n. sensory receptor that receives information about body position and movement …   English contemporary dictionary

  • proprioceptor — pro·pri·o·cep·tor …   English syllables

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