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Pronunciation: oz'mo-re-sep'tor, -tor


  1. A receptor in the central nervous system (probably the hypothalamus) that responds to changes in the osmotic pressure of the blood.
  2. A receptor that receives olfactory stimuli.

Synonym(s): osmoceptor

[G. osmos, impulsion]

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