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Merkel's cell-neurite complex

Alternative eponyms

  • Merkel's disk receptor

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The Merkel cell neurite complex transduces mechanical energy into nerve impulses. This is among the most sensitive vertebrate touch receptors.

Description

Each Merkel nerve ending consists of a Merkel cell in close aposition with an enlarged nerve terminal. The Merkel cell neurite complex transduces mechanical energy into nerve impulses. This is among the most sensitive vertebrate touch receptors.

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