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noun, plural: thermoreceptors
The sensory nerve ending in a sensory cell sensitive to changes in temperature (i.e. heat or cold).
Snakes have special thermoreceptors found in the pit organ involved in infrared sensing.
Word origin: thermo– + receptor
Compare (with other sensory receptors):

See also:

  • pit organ
  • Related term(s):

    • thermoreception

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