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stretch receptors

 

Definition: receptors that are sensitive to elongation, especially those in Golgi tendon organs and muscle spindles, but also those found in visceral organs such as the stomach, small intestine, and urinary bladder; these receptors have the function of detecting elongation, and this distinguishes them from baroreceptors, which actually are activated by stretching of the wall of the blood vessel but the function of the stretch receptors is to elicit the central reflex mechanism reducing the arterial blood pressure.

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