Definitions

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

  • n. A sensory receptor, found chiefly in muscles, tendons, joints, and the inner ear, that detects the motion or position of the body or a limb by responding to stimuli arising within the organism.

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  • n. A nerve ending that functions as a sensory receptor in muscles, tendons, joints and the inner ear; they respond to movement and position

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  • n. special nerve endings in the muscles and tendons and other organs that respond to stimuli regarding the position and movement of the body

Etymologies

Latin proprius, one's own; see per1 in Indo-European roots + (re)ceptor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The GTO is a type of proprioceptor, a special nerve ending in the muscles and tendons and other organs that respond to stimuli regarding the position and movement of the body, that provides information about changes in muscle tension.

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