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Golgi tendon organ

Pronunciation: gol'je

Definition: a proprioceptive sensory nerve ending embedded among the fibers of a tendon, often near the musculotendinous junction; it is compressed and activated by any increase of the tendon's tension, caused either by active contraction or passive stretch of the corresponding muscle.

Synonym(s): neurotendinous organ, neurotendinous spindle

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