Meaning of nociceptive in English:


Pronunciation /ˌnəʊsɪˈsɛptɪv/


  • Relating to the perception or sensation of pain.

    ‘as the extremity warms, heat sensitive nociceptive afferents are stimulated’
    • ‘As well, acute pain tends to be a direct result of nociceptive stimulation due to musculoskeletal injury compared to chronic pain, which is more often related to supratentorial processing of neuropathic stimuli.’
    • ‘The other afferent nerve fibers are the nociceptive fibers, including myclinated A [delta] fibers and unmyelinated slowly conducting C fibers with cell bodies in the jugular ganglia.’
    • ‘Local anesthetics also alter transmission of nociceptive impulses by blocking afferent sensory fibers.’
    • ‘The labrum may also participate in nociceptive and proprioceptive mechanisms as free nerve endings and sensory end organs have been identified in its superficial layers.’
    • ‘The end result of this vasomotor instability is compression of the capillaries and the nociceptive and pain-transmitting nerve endings.’


Early 20th century from Latin nocere ‘to harm’ + receptive.