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exteroceptor Line breaks: ex¦tero|cep¦tor
Pronunciation: /ˈɛkstərə(ʊ)ˌsɛptə/

Definition of exteroceptor in English:


A sensory receptor which receives external stimuli. Compare with interoceptor.
Example sentences
  • Various types of receptors convey specific types of stimuli, including exteroceptors, interoceptors, proprioceptors, or chemoceptors.
  • Thus, the agent 1 is conditioned to associate the exteroceptor, such as the sound of crying, with a particular type of interoceptor, such as the experience of hunger.
  • Our results relating to exteroceptor and a variety of interceptor neurons in the brain and spinal cord are presented.

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