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noun, plural: thermoreceptors

The sensory nerve ending in a sensory cell sensitive to changes in temperature (i.e. heat or cold).


Snakes have special thermoreceptors found in the pit organ involved in infrared sensing.

Word origin: thermo- + receptor

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Homeostasis in Humans

The body temperature is controlled by the anterior hypothalamus (the preoptic area). It directly senses the temperature, as well as evaluates the thermoreceptor signals coming from the skin and other parts of the body (e.g. mucous membranes). Based on these signals it promotes either heat retention ...

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by biohazard
Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:55 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Homeostasis in Humans
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