Merkel’s disks are densely distributed in the fingertips and lips. They are slow-adapting, unencapsulated nerve endings, and they respond to light touch. Light touch, also known as discriminative touch, is a light pressure that allows the location of a stimulus to be pinpointed.

Four major types of encapsulated mechanoreceptors are specialized to provide information to the central nervous system about touch, pressure, vibration, and cutaneous tension: Meissner’s corpuscles, Pacinian corpuscles, Merkel’s disks, and Ruffini’s corpuscle

Photoreceptors detect light during vision. More specific examples of sensory receptors are baroreceptors, propioceptors, hygroreceptors, and osmoreceptor

 

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  • chemoreceptors. stimulated by changes in the chemical concentration of substances.
  • pain receptors. stimulated by tissue damage.
  • thermoreceptors. stimulated by changes in temperature.
  • mechanoreceptors. stimulated by changes in pressure or movement.
  • photoreceptors. stimulated by light energy.