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Mechanoreception

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Definition

noun

A perception mechanism through mechanical or physical activation of neural receptors in the skin, such as by physical contact.

The sensing of any mechanical distortion of the body or any stimulus from the surrounding as recognized by the mechanoreptors.


Supplement

Mechanoreception results from touch and detection of vibrations, displacement, pressure, stretch, and other mechanical stimuli.


Word origin: Greek mēkhano- , from mēkhanē, (machine) + reception

Related form(s): mechanoreceptive (adjective)

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