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[kee-moh-ri-sep-shuh n, kem-oh-] /ˌki moʊ rɪˈsɛp ʃən, ˌkɛm oʊ-/

the physiological response to chemical stimuli.

chemoreception che·mo·re·cep·tion (kē’mō-rĭ-sěp’shən, kěm’ō-)
The physiological response of a sense organ to a chemical stimulus.
che’mo·re·cep’tive adj.


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