Definition of Meissner's corpuscle in US English:

Meissner's corpuscle


  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is no known method of restoring Meissner's corpuscles or other specialized sensory nerve cells.’
    • ‘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.’


Late 19th century: named after Georg Meissner (1829–1905), German anatomist.