Dictionary > Merkel disk receptor

Merkel disk receptor

Definition
noun
A single sensory nerve ending characterized by a terminal cuplike, expanded tip that is in contact with the base of a single specialized epithelial cell in the epidermis. It functions by receiving touch, pressure, and texture, and relaying the information to the brain.
Supplement
This nerve ending is a mechanoreceptor found in the skin and mucosa of the vertebrates and in the dermis of birds.
Synonym(s):

  • Merkel nerve ending
  • tactile meniscus
  • meniscus tactus
  • Merkel’s tactile disk
  • tactile disk
  • Merkel cell-neurite complex

See also:

  • Merkel’s tactile cell


  • You will also like...

    Photosynthesis and respiration
    Plant Metabolism

    Plants are responsible for incredible feats of molecular transformation. Plant processes, such as photosynthesis, photop..

    Plant biology
    Plant Biology

    Plantlife can be studied at a variety of levels, from the molecular, genetic and biochemical level through organelles, c..

    Flowers and tiny fruits of the pomegranate plant
    Fruits, Flowers, and Seeds

    This tutorial deals with the structure and function of flowers, fruits, and seeds. Also included here are the types of f..

    Oligodendrocyte and Schwann cell
    The Central Nervous System

    Myelin sheath is essential for a faster conductivity of signals. Know more about this feature of some neurons in the Cen..

    Human Nervous System
    The Human Nervous System

    The nervous system is essentially a biological information highway. This tutorial gives an overview of the nervous syste..

    bryophyte - sporophyte and gametophyte
    Meiosis and Alternation of Generations

    Plants are characterized by having alternation of generations in their life cycles. This tutorial is a review of plant m..

    Related Articles...

    No related articles found

    See all Related Topics