tactile corpuscle

tactile corpuscle

noun
an oval sense organ made of flattened cells and encapsulated nerve endings, occurring in hairless skin, as the tips of the fingers and toes, and functioning as a touch receptor.


Origin:
1870–75

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tactile corpuscle n.
Any of numerous minute oval end organs of touch in sensitive skin, as in the palms, fingertips, and soles of the feet. Also called Meissner's corpuscle.

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