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

 

receptor

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//rɪˈseptə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈseptər//
 
(biology) Cell biology
 
jump to other results
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 Origin early 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