Golgi tendon organ

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A sensory receptor that is located in a muscle, near a junction with a tendon, and is sensitive to contractions of the muscle, producing action potentials when compressed by muscle tension. Also called an organ of Golgi or a tendon organ. See also Ib fibre. Compare muscle spindle. [Named after the Italian cytologist Camillo Golgi (1844–1926) who gave the first complete description of it in 1880]

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine — Science and Mathematics.

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