Statoreceptor

statoreceptor

[¦stād·ō·ri′sep·tər]
(physiology)
A sense organ concerned primarily with equilibrium.

Statoreceptor

 

a specialized sensory nerve ending that reacts to changes in the position of the body in space. In lower invertebrates, statoreceptors are located in statocysts, which are vesicles of equilibrium. In fish and some amphibians, statoreceptors are found in lateral line organs. In humans and other vertebrates, the function of statoreceptors is performed by the vestibular apparatus and the organs of sight, the éxteroceptors of the skin, and the proprioceptors of the muscles, tendons, joints, and ligaments.

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