• WordNet 3.6
    • n receptor an organ having nerve endings (in the skin or viscera or eye or ear or nose or mouth) that respond to stimulation
    • n receptor a cellular structure that is postulated to exist in order to mediate between a chemical agent that acts on nervous tissue and the physiological response
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are five million scent receptors located in a human beings nose
    • n receptor A molecular complex of a cell through the union with which alien cell-products or cell-constituents can produce, their specific effects upon the coll. These same receptors, owing to the presence of which the cell is open to attack, when cast off from the cell constitute its most effective defenses. Also called side-chain. See immunity, 5.
    • n receptor In wireless telegraphy, a receiver.
    • n receptor The terminal expansion in skin or mucous membranes of a sensory nerve.
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In literature:

The observatory's multiple-receptor receiver had been stepped up to maximum amplification.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Another is that I haven't even started the transmitter and receptor units.
"Spacehounds of IPC" by Edward Elmer Smith
This whole gale of thought was blowing over Garlock's receptors like a Great Plains wind over miles-wide fields of corn.
"The Galaxy Primes" by Edward Elmer Smith
Inside, you smashed the power receptor taking broadcast power from the air.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
But she isn't coming through on the receptor.
"The Premiere" by Richard Sabia
Within an hour a complete television sending apparatus was placed within the field and a receptor screen set up in the laboratory.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak
He handed his pocket speech-light receptor to Sylva.
"Invasion" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Nelson knew though that it was alert and that receptors built into its skin were registering their presence.
"The Happy Man" by Gerald Wilburn Page
A gas receptor was an intricate piece of equipment.
"Industrial Revolution" by Poul William Anderson
Just fried the pain-receptors in your skin to a crisp, is all.
"Bear Trap" by Alan Edward Nourse

In news:

Swine Flu's Ability to Attach to Lung Receptors Increases Chance of Respiratory Problems.
Cooperative activation of IP3 receptors by sequential bindin.
The researchers theorize that because fat cells also have CCR5 surface receptors, these cells are also vulnerable to HIV infection .
On the other hand, they appear to have genetic enhancement of sweet receptors.
ACZ885 also provided sustained symptom relief in patients with TNF-receptor associated periodic syndrome as shown in new data from another Phase II study.
Givaudan Identifies Reb -A Bitter Taste Receptor.
The company's retinoid receptors include retinoic acid receptors (RARs), retinoid X receptors (RXRs) and RAR-related orphan receptors (RORs).
Next-Gen Sequencing Used to Identify Nearly All T-Cell Receptor Variants in Blood Samples.
Scientists had suspected that cell surface receptors were responsible, but no such receptors had been identified—and nobody had a clue how they might work.
A Dynamic Corral Model of Receptor Trafficking at a Synapse.
About half of all medications achieve their effect through G-proteincoupled receptors.
G-Protein-Coupled Receptors Signal Victory p1148.
Nuclear Receptors in Development .
This year's Nobel Prizes will be granted for discoveries such as "G-protein-coupled receptors," not exactly a familiar topic for most high school students.
Also, humans have many times more smell receptors than fruit flies.

In science:

More often than not, the information we receive at our sensory receptors is incomplete or ambiguous.
Music in Terms of Science
These studies have also revealed an important role for receptor lateral diffusion in the regulation of receptor numbers at synapses.
Multiple Routes for Glutamate Receptor Trafficking: Surface Diffusion and Membrane Traffic Cooperate to Bring Receptors to Synapses
These have shed light on the key role played by receptors lateral diffusion at the neuronal surface.
Multiple Routes for Glutamate Receptor Trafficking: Surface Diffusion and Membrane Traffic Cooperate to Bring Receptors to Synapses
Schematic representation of AMPAR trafficking in neurons and experimental approaches used to track receptors in real time.
Multiple Routes for Glutamate Receptor Trafficking: Surface Diffusion and Membrane Traffic Cooperate to Bring Receptors to Synapses
The first three microstates shown here have the receptor unoccupied while the fourth microstate is one in which the receptor is occupied.
A First Exposure to Statistical Mechanics for Life Scientists