One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sensory nerve ending that is sensitive to mechanical stimuli, found in the dermis in various parts of the body.
- ‘In primates, Pacinian corpuscles and Meissner's corpuscles within the skin confer vibrational sensitivity.’
- ‘It's because of the Meissner's corpuscles that these areas of your body are particularly sensitive.’
- ‘When the slogan ‘reach out and touch someone’ permeated the airwaves perhaps they knew of the workings of the Meissner's corpuscles in our fingers.’
- ‘There is no known method of restoring Meissner's corpuscles or other specialized sensory nerve cells.’
- ‘Our study of 10 tissue specimens from the right index finger pulp of 10 males, showed that both the size and the number of Meissner's corpuscles decrease with age.’
Late 19th century: named after Georg Meissner (1829–1905), German anatomist.
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