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Receptor types and functions  

 
Cutaneous Receptors (Fine Touch)  
Meissner’s Corpuscles Light Touch, Vibration Mechanoreceptor
Merkel’s Discs Pressure, point localization and 2-point discrimination. Mechanoreceptor
Hair Follicle Endings Hair movement and direction Mechanoreceptor
Pacinian Corpuscles Deep touch and vibration Mechanoreceptor
Ruffini Endings Deep pressure and stretch of skin Mechanoreceptor
Cutaneous Receptors (Course touch)  
Free Nerve Endings Crude touch, tickle, itch and pressure Mechanoreceptor
Cutaneous Receptors (Temperature)  
Free Nerve Endings  Warm (hot) and cold Thermoreceptor
Cutaneous Receptors (Pain)  
Free nerve endings Pain and extremes of sensation Nociceptor (thermal, chemical or mechanical)
Musculoskeletal Receptors (Proprioception)  
Muscle Spindles Change in length of muscle and velocity
of change in length of muscle
Mechanoreceptor
Golgi Tendon Organs Muscle tension Mechanoreceptor
Joint Receptors (Ruffini endings, Paciniform corpuscles and ligament receptors) Joint position at end ranges, joint
movement and ligament tension
Mechanoreceptor
Musculoskeletal Receptors (Pain)  
Free nerve endings (multiple) Pain and extremes of sensation Nociceptor (thermal, chemical or mechanical)
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