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proprioceptor Line breaks: pro¦prio|cep¦tor
Pronunciation: /ˈprəʊprɪə(ʊ)sɛptə/

Definition of proprioceptor in English:


A sensory receptor which receives stimuli from within the body, especially one that responds to position and movement.
Example sentences
  • Various types of receptors convey specific types of stimuli, including exteroceptors, interoceptors, proprioceptors, or chemoceptors.
  • Free nerve endings, including proprioceptors and nociceptors, have been identified within labral tissue, which may explain decreased proprioception and pain in an athlete with a torn acetabular labrum.
  • Within the ventral nerve cord, the axon projections of tactile receptors and proprioceptors are strictly separated.


Early 20th century: from Latin proprius 'own' + receptor.

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