Sensory Receptors, Cutaneous

  • Ainsley Iggo
Part of the Readings from the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience book series (REN)


The skin of mammals is richly innervated and contains sensory receptors specialized for the detection of three particular categories of natural stimuli: (1) mechanical contact (tactile receptors), (2) temperature changes by contact and from radiation to or from the body surface, and (3) actually or potentially damaging traumatic and chemical insults. The wide range of energies in such a diversity of natural stimuli requires the presence of diverse receptors.


Hair Cell Nerve Terminal Sensory Receptor Natural Stimulus Pacinian Corpuscle 
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Further reading

  1. Darian-Smith I (1984): The sense of touch: Performance and peripheral neural processes. In: Handbook of Physiology, vol 3, pt 2. Darian-Smith I, ed. Bethesda: American Physiological SocietyGoogle Scholar
  2. Iggo A, Andres HK (1982): Morphology of cutaneous receptors. Ann Rev Neurosci 5:1–31CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Iggo A, Iversen LL, Cervero F, eds (1985): Nociception and Pain. London: Royal SocietyGoogle Scholar
  4. Hamann W, Iggo A, eds (1984): Sensory Receptor Mechanisms. Singapore: World ScientificGoogle Scholar
  5. Handwerker HO, ed (1984): Nerve fibre discharges and sensations. Human Neurobiol 3:1–58Google Scholar

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© Birkhäuser Boston, Inc. 1988

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