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electroreception Line breaks: elec¦tro|recep¦tion
Pronunciation: /ɪlɛktrəʊrɪˈsɛpʃ(ə)n/

Definition of electroreception in English:


[mass noun]
The detection by an aquatic animal of electric fields or currents.
Example sentences
  • Also given are some mechanisms of sensation, for which we have no experience: infrared vision, electroreception, and vibration detection by lateral line organs.
  • The paddlefish uses its electrosense for detecting planktonic food, a novel adaptation of passive electroreception based on an extensive array of ampullary receptors on its head and elongated rostrum.
  • It has been proposed that the nasal tentacles of the starnosed mole Condylura cristata might be used for a form of electroreception underwater, although this has been disputed.


Example sentences
  • In active electroreception, the animal senses its surrounding environment by generating electric fields and detecting distortions in these fields using electroreceptor organs.
  • Electroreceptor cells have been extensively studied in a variety of species.
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