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  • n. Plural form of nociceptor.


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  • The most widely accepted hypothesis of migraine suggests that a migraine attack is precipitated when pain-sensing nerve cells in the brain (called nociceptors) release chemicals called neuropeptides.

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  • The sensation starts in cells called nociceptors, which respond to injury by sending electrical messages to an area in the spinal cord called the dorsal horn.

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  • Sensory nerves, called nociceptors i.e. danger receptors detect elements capable of body-tissue damage, such as pressure or extreme heat.

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  • Researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have found that this sensory discrimination begins in the skin at the very earliest stages of neuronal information processing, with different populations of sensory neurons-called nociceptors-responding to different kinds of painful stimuli.

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  • These receptors are called "nociceptors" and are free nerve endings connected to small diameter myelinated A and unmyelinated C nerve fibers - these are the nerve fibers that are LACKING in people with congenital insensitivity to pain (here is more information about nerve fibers).

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  • It is also possible to identify the object of perception in pain with the activation of nociceptors innervating the damaged or irritated tissue.


  • The skin, muscles, bones and other tissues have nerve cells, with endings that are called nociceptors.

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  • At least one of the neurotransmitters, substance P, increases the pain sensitivity of other nearby nociceptors.

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  • Constant strain can also activate nociceptors -- cells in the junctures between tendons, muscles and bones that become chemically sensitized and make even normal activity uncomfortable.

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  • Calming Lotion contains the breakthrough COSMEDERM-7™, a strontium compound proven to block irritation-producing nerve endings type C nociceptors that cause itching, burning, and stinging.

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