Definition of mechanosensation in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmekəˌnōsenˈsāSHən/ /ˌmɛkəˌnoʊsɛnˈseɪʃən/


  • The process by which mechanical stimuli are translated into neuronal impulses. It is the physiological basis for sense experiences such as touch, hearing, and balance.

    • ‘The interpretation of this observation was that the periplasmic loop had been proteolysed, that its integrity was not essential for mechanosensation, but that its cleavage enhanced mechanosensitivity.’
    • ‘Blount and co-workers have recently detected a four amino acid motif NxxD in the TM1 helix and have speculated that it could represent a sensor in mechanosensation.’
    • ‘In prokaryotes, mechanosensation is apparently limited to the detection of osmotic forces manifested as intracellular turgor pressure.’
    • ‘All of the senses in the ear, as well as the lateral line system of fish, are based on mechanosensation: the detection of physical displacement.’
    • ‘MscL is currently the best-studied MS channel and it has become a model system for the study of mechanosensation.’



/ˌmekəˌnōsenˈsāSHən/ /ˌmɛkəˌnoʊsɛnˈseɪʃən/