American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A specialized organ or structure, such as the eye, ear, tongue, nose, or skin, where sensory neurons are concentrated and that functions as a receptor. Also called sensor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any organ of sense, as the eye, ear, or nose.
- n. Specifically, a collection of nerve-cells which receive impressions from without (peripheral sense-organ), such as one of the taste-bulbs or tactile corpuscles; also a collection of nerve-cells in the cerebrospinal centers which translate such impressions into conscious sensation or reflex movement (central sense-organ).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Physiol.) a specially irritable mechanism by which some one natural force or form of energy is enabled to excite sensory nerves; as the eye, ear, an end bulb or tactile corpuscle, etc.
- n. an organ having nerve endings (in the skin or viscera or eye or ear or nose or mouth) that respond to stimulation
- Attested from 1850–55 (Wiktionary)
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