Definition of photoreceptor in English:

photoreceptor

Line breaks: photo|recep¦tor
Pronunciation: /ˈfəʊtəʊrɪˌsɛptə
 
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noun

  • A structure in a living organism, especially a sensory cell or sense organ, that responds to light falling on it.
    More example sentences
    • Indeed, most organisms have evolved specialized photoreceptors for circadian light perception.
    • Both Z and phototropin have been implicated as blue light photoreceptors of guard cells.
    • All visual systems begin with photoreceptors, which are cells that respond to light energy.

Derivatives

photoreceptive

adjective
More example sentences
  • The second mutant phenotype is a slower rate of photoreceptive disk membrane renewal in the outer segments, caused by perturbed phagocytosis of disk membranes.
  • Higher plants have evolved a complex photoreceptive system involving distinct families of photoreceptors to perceive light signals.
  • Visual pigments are photoreceptive molecules that occur in rod and cone photoreceptor cells in the retina and characterize the vision of an animal.

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