Dictionary > Mechanoreception

Mechanoreception

Definition
noun
A perception mechanism through mechanical or physical activation of neural receptors in the skin, such as by physical contact.
The sensing of any mechanical distortion of the body or any stimulus from the surrounding as recognized by the mechanoreptors.
Supplement
Mechanoreception results from touch and detection of vibrations, displacement, pressure, stretch, and other mechanical stimuli.
Word origin: Greek mēkhano- , from mēkhanē, (machine) + reception
Related form(s): mechanoreceptive (adjective)
See also:

Related term(s):

  • mechanoreceptor


    You will also like...

    New Zealand Fauna
    New Zealand’s Unique Fauna

    Meet some of New Zealand's unique fauna, including endemic insects, frogs, reptiles, birds, and mammals, and investigate..

    Chemical composition of the body
    Chemical Composition of the Body

    The body is comprised of different elements with hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen as the major four. This tutorial..

    Crossing Over and Genetic Diversity
    Inheritance and Probability

    Gregor Mendel, an Austrian monk, is most famous in this field for his study of the phenotype of pea plants, including ..

    Protein (illustration)
    Protein Variety

    The sequence of amino acids determines the type of protein. Protein is synthesized according to the sequence of nucleoti..

    Plant Auxins
    Plant Auxins – Phototropism & Geotropism

    Plants produce hormones to regulate their growth. Auxins, for instance, influence plant growth. Know the role of auxin i..

    Pink Lotus plant on a pond
    Freshwater Lentic Communities & Animals

    This tutorial looks at some of the communities in freshwater lentic habitats. For instance, symbiosis occurs in a commun..