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Noun: receptor  ri'sep-tu(r)
  1. A cellular structure that is postulated to exist in order to mediate between a chemical agent that acts on nervous tissue and the physiological response
  2. An organ having nerve endings (in the skin, viscera, eye, ear, nose or mouth) that respond to stimulation
    - sense organ, sensory receptor

Derived forms: receptors

Type of: anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, organ, structure

Antonym: effector

Part of: sensory system

Encyclopedia: Receptor, melanocortin, type 4