from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An encapsulated receptor found in deep layers of the skin that senses vibratory pressure and touch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a specialized bulblike nerve ending located in the subcutaneous tissue of the skin; occurs abundantly in the skin of palms and soles and joints and genitals
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[After Filippo Pacini, (1812–1883), Italian anatomist.]
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