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A type of encapsulated sensory nerve ending located in the papillae of the skin, especially of the fingers and toes, and serving as a sensitive mechanoreceptor particularly important for tactile discrimination; also called tactile corpuscle.
Late 19th century. Described by R. Wagner and G. Meissner 1852, in Nachrichten von der Königliche Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen 2 Feb. 17.
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