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