Ruffini's corpuscle

Ruffini's corpuscle

[roo-fee-neez]
noun Anatomy.
an end organ of certain sensory neurons that branches out parallel to the skin and responds to steady pressure.

Origin:
after Italian anatomist Angelo Ruffini (1874–1929), who described them in 1898

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Ruffini's corpuscle Ruf·fi·ni's corpuscle (rə-fē'nēz, rōō-)
n.
Any of numerous sensory end organs in the subcutaneous connective tissues of the fingers, consisting of an ovoid capsule within which the sensory fiber ends with numerous collateral knobs.

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