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Meaning of RECEPTOR

Pronunciation:  ri'septowr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an organ having nerve endings (in the skin or viscera or eye or ear or nose or mouth) that respond to stimulation
  2. [n]  a cellular structure that is postulated to exist in order to mediate between a chemical agent that acts on nervous tissue and the physiological response

RECEPTOR is a 8 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: sense organ, sensory receptor
 Antonyms: effector
 See Also: alpha receptor, alpha-adrenergic receptor, alpha-adrenoceptor, anatomical structure, baroreceptor, beta receptor, beta-adrenergic receptor, beta-adrenoceptor, bodily structure, body structure, chemoreceptor, complex body part, ear, enteroceptor, exteroceptor, eye, inner ear, internal ear, interoceptor, labyrinth, lateral line, lateral line organ, oculus, optic, organ, organ of hearing, papilla, peeper, pineal eye, semicircular canal, sensory system, stretch receptor, structure, thermoreceptor, third eye



Medical Dictionary
 Definition: A molecule inside or on the surface of a cell that binds to a specific substance and causes a specific physiologic effect in the cell.
Biology Dictionary
  1. A specialized sensory nerve structure that responds to certain types of stimuli
  2. a site on a cell (often on a membrane) that can combine with a specific type of molecule to alter the cell's function.