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Textbook Problem

What is the function of proprioceptors?

Summary Introduction

To review:

The function of proprioceptors.

Introduction:

A proprioceptor is a sensory receptor that receives stimuli from the body, especially one that responds toward position as well as movement. They help in sensing the relative position of body parts of one’s body and strength of effort being employed in movement.

Explanation

Mechanoreceptors that are also called proprioceptors detect stimuli from CNS and maintain the balance and equilibrium of the body. The major functions of proprioceptors are:

1. They provide information about the activity of the body to CNS.

2. They monitor the position of the head and limbs. The reason why one can touch their nose with eyes closed.

3. They are the tension receptors in vertebrates by allowing muscles to apply constant force under a constant load, and to adjust almost instantly if the load changes...

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