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Somatic sense

Somatic sense

Author: Aaron Mullally

This lesson will describe how your body detects and interprets somatic sensations.

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Terms to Know
Encapsulated Receptor

A type of sensory receptor encapsulated or enclosed in epithelial or connective tissue.

Free Nerve Ending

Receptors that detect touch, pressure, heat, cold and pain.


Perceived pain to the body.

Referred Pain

A person's perception of pain that can be wrongly projected from an internal organ to the body's surface because the brain cannot pinpoint the source of the pain.

Sensory Adaptation

An adaptation to a stimulus or becoming less aware of a stimulus over time.

Somatic Pain

Pain felt in the skin, skeletal muscles, joints or tendons.

Somatic Sensations

Sensations such as touch, pressure and pain that are detected by sensory receptors in the body.

Somatosensory Cortex

A location in the cerebrum that interprets somatic sensations.

Visceral Pain

Pain felt in the internal organs.