A sense organ or cell that responds to mechanical stimuli such as touch or sound.
- Pacinian corpuscles, or pressure receptors, are the largest peripheral mechanoreceptors in mammals.
- Prey appear to be detected primarily by mechanoreceptors.
- The threshold loading test stimulates mechanoreceptors in respiratory muscles.
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- The lateral line system of fishes and many amphibians comprises lines of mechanoreceptive neuromasts distributed over the head and trunk.
- Each sphere is connected by nerves to a highly-sensitive mechanoreceptive sensory cell.
- This suggests that the responsible nerve endings are mechanoreceptive.
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