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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

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

Greek epikritikos, decisive, from epikritēs, decider, from epikrīnein, to decide : epi-, epi- + krīnein, to judge; see krei- in Indo-European roots.

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