Definition of stretch receptor in US English:

stretch receptor


  • A sensory receptor that responds to the stretching of surrounding muscle tissue and so contributes to the coordination of muscle activity.

    • ‘There are several mechanisms involved in regulating the secretion of vasopressin, including hypothalamic osmoreceptors, left atrial stretch receptors, and arterial baroreceptors.’
    • ‘A specific stretch receptor protein in plants has yet to be identified.’
    • ‘In the lobster stretch receptor, for example, extra spikes are generated even when soma invasion fails.’
    • ‘The crayfish stretch receptor neuron is such an object.’
    • ‘Simultaneously, the enhanced chemoreceptor response elicits an inhibitory response from the baroreceptors and pulmonary stretch receptors.’