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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to sensory nerve fibers that enable the perception of slight differences in the intensity of stimuli, especially touch or temperature.

Etymologies

Greek epikritikos, decisive, from epikritēs, decider, from epikrīnein, to decide : epi-, epi- + krīnein, to judge; see krei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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