Pacinian corpuscle

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Sensory receptors for touch in the skin, consisting of sensory nerve endings surrounded by capsules of membrane in ‘onion-skin’ layers. They are especially sensitive to changes in pressure and so detect vibration particularly well. F. Pacini (1812–83), Italian anatomist

Subjects: Medicine and Health — Psychology.

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