sensory neuron


sensory neuron
sensory neuron n a neuron that transmits nerve impulses from a sense organ towards the central nervous system compare INTERNEURON, MOTOR NEURON

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any neuron with a sensory function; an afferent neuron conveying sensory impulses. Cf. primary sensory n. and secondary sensory n. See Plate 39.

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