Definition of electroreception in English:



  • The detection by an aquatic animal of electric fields or currents.

    ‘Also given are some mechanisms of sensation, for which we have no experience: infrared vision, electroreception, and vibration detection by lateral line organs.’
    • ‘The paddlefish uses its electrosense for detecting planktonic food, a novel adaptation of passive electroreception based on an extensive array of ampullary receptors on its head and elongated rostrum.’
    • ‘It has been proposed that the nasal tentacles of the starnosed mole Condylura cristata might be used for a form of electroreception underwater, although this has been disputed.’
    • ‘According to Moller, the rays do not use vision for hunting in this mode, but rely on pressure and electroreception alone.’
    • ‘Muscle contractions also produce little surges of electrical activity that a shark can detect using electroreception.’
    • ‘Finally, the remaining sensory system - one that is unique to sharks - is electroreception.’
    • ‘It is the electroreception system that allows them to navigate through the muddy dark waters they dwell in.’



/əˌlektrōrəˈsepSH(ə)n/ /əˌlɛktroʊrəˈsɛpʃ(ə)n/