Meaning of sensillum in English:

sensillum

Pronunciation /sɛnˈsɪləm/

nounplural noun sensilla/sɛnˈsɪlə/

Zoology
  • (in arthropods and some other invertebrates) a simple sensory receptor consisting of a modified cell or small group of cells of the cuticle or epidermis, typically hair- or rod-shaped.

    ‘The sensory cells are organized into five external fields of campaniform sensilla and one internal chordotonal organ.’
    • ‘Within each pit are 60 to 70 sensors called sensilla in insects.’
    • ‘It is hard to imagine a clearer, simpler demonstration of how important thermal sensilla are to the insects' feeding routine.’
    • ‘Taken together, the antennae and their sensilla are the insect's window on the external world.’
    • ‘Short sensilla on the maxillary and labial palps, serve to recognize pheromone and touch when the male mounts the female.’

Origin

Late 19th century modern Latin, diminutive of Latin sensus ‘sense’.