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Encyclopedia > Ruffini ending

Ruffini Endings are one of the four main cutaneous mechanoreceptors. Named after Angelo Ruffini, they are slow acting receptors found in the dermis and subcutaneous tissue of the skin. These thin cigar-shaped encapsulated sensory endings measure pressure when the skin is streched. A mechanoreceptor is a sensory receptor that responds to mechanical pressure or distortion. ... The dermis is the layer of skin beneath the epidermis, that consists of connective tissue and cushions the body from stress and strain. ... The subcutis is the layer of tissue directly underlying the cutis. ...

Nervous system - Sensory system - Somatosensory system - edit
Spinal pathway: Somatosensory information
Medial lemniscusTouch (Pressure & Vibration) | Proprioception
Spinothalamic tractPain | Temperature
Touch: Pacinian corpuscles | Meissner's corpuscles | Merkel's discs | Ruffini endings | Free nerve endings | Hair follicle receptors
Proprioception: Golgi organ | Muscle spindle (Intrafusal muscle fiber)
Pain: Nociceptors    Temperature: Thermoreceptors



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