Receptor



[ri-sep-ter] /rɪˈsɛp tər/

noun
1.
Physiology. an end organ or a group of end organs of sensory or afferent neurons, specialized to be sensitive to stimulating agents, as touch or heat.
2.
Cell Biology. any of various specific protein molecules in surface membranes of cells and organelles to which complementary molecules, as hormones, neurotransmitters, antigens, or antibodies, may become bound.
3.
the panlike base of a stall shower.
/rɪˈsɛptə/
noun
1.
(physiol) a sensory nerve ending that changes specific stimuli into nerve impulses
2.
any of various devices that receive information, signals, etc
n.

mid-15c., from Old French receptour or directly from Latin receptor, agent noun from recipere (see receive). Medical use from 1900.

receptor re·cep·tor (rĭ-sěp’tər)
n.

receptor
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