Receptor - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈseptər|  American pronunciation of the word receptor
Brit.  |rɪˈsɛptə|  British pronunciation of the word receptor


- a cellular structure that is postulated to exist in order to mediate between a chemical agent that acts on nervous tissue and the physiological response
- an organ having nerve endings (in the skin or viscera or eye or ear or nose or mouth) that respond to stimulation


molecular recognition drives all of biology, for instance, hormone and receptor or antibody-antigen interactions or the organization of molecules into larger biologically active entities

Word forms

singular: receptor
plural: receptors
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