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tactile corpuscle


Definition: one of numerous oval bodies found in the dermal papillae of thick skin, especially those of the fingers and toes; they consist of a connective tissue capsule in which the axon fibrils terminate around and between a pile of wedge-shaped epithelioid cells; believed to be mechanoreceptors for tactile sensation.

Synonym(s): corpusculum tactus, Meissner corpuscle, oval corpuscle, touch corpuscle

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