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Name: Somatosensation
ID: m44757
Language: English (en)
Summary: By the end of this section, you will be able to:
  • Describe four important mechanoreceptors in human skin
  • Describe the topographical distribution of somatosensory receptors between glabrous and hairy skin
  • Explain why the perception of pain is subjective
Subject: Science and Technology
Keywords: bulboid corpuscle, bulbous corpuscle, free nerve ending, glabrous, Golgi tendon organ, Krause end bulb, mechanoreceptor, mechanoreceptor density, Meissner's corpuscle, Merkel's disc, muscle spindle, nociception, Pacinian corpuscle, pain, propriorception, Ruffini ending, sense, sensory system, skin sensor, somatosensation, somatosensory receptor, tactile corpuscle, thermoreception
License: Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0

Authors: OpenStax College (
Copyright Holders: Rice University (
Maintainers: OpenStax College (, Cnx Biology (

Latest version: 1.5 (history)
First publication date: Aug 23, 2012 3:35 pm -0500
Last revision to module: Jun 21, 2013 9:41 am -0500


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Version: 1.5 Jun 21, 2013 9:41 am -0500 by Cnx Biology

Version: 1.4 Apr 10, 2013 1:22 pm -0500 by Cnx Biology
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Version: 1.2 Feb 27, 2013 5:32 pm -0600 by Cnx Biology
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Version: 1.1 Aug 30, 2012 1:48 pm -0500 by Cnx Biology
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