Sensory Receptors, Cutaneous
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.
KeywordsHair Cell Nerve Terminal Sensory Receptor Natural Stimulus Pacinian Corpuscle
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