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Encyclopedia > Cutaneous receptor

A cutaneous receptor is a types of sensory receptor found in the dermis or epidermis.



Cutaneous receptors are at the ends of neurons. They are usually encapsulated in elaborate cellular corpuscles. Generally, they are linked to collagen-fibre networks within the capsule. Ion channels are situated near these networks.

In sensory transduction, the affarent neurons transmit the message through a synapse in the thalamusto the somatosensory cortex.

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Odour receptors in olfactory receptor neurons, for example, are activated by interacting with molecular structures on the odor molecule.
A sensory receptor's adequate stimulus is the stimulus modality for which it possesses the adequate sensory transduction apparatus.
Cutaneous receptors are sensory receptors found in the dermis or epidermis.
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