electroreceptor

electroreceptor

[ih-lek-troh-ri-sep-ter]
noun Zoology.
any of an array of tiny, electrically sensitive ampullar organs present in sharks, electric eels, catfish, and certain other fishes, each organ being composed of a bundle of nerve fibers and sensory cells within a gel-filled conducting duct that can pick up weak electrical currents emitted by creatures moving in the water.

Origin:
electro- + receptor

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electroreceptor (ɪˈlɛktrəʊrɪˌsɛptə)
 
n
zoology an organ, present in some fishes, that detects electrical discharges

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