Definition of receptor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//rɪˈseptə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈseptər//
(biology) Cell biology
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a sense organ or nerve ending in the body that reacts to changes such as heat or cold and makes the body react in a particular way See related entries: Cell biology Word Originearly 20th cent.: coined in German from Latin receptor, from recept- ‘taken back’, from the verb recipere, from re- ‘back’ + capere ‘take’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: receptor