Cutaneous Receptor - Modalities


With the above mentioned receptor types the skin can sense the modalities touch, pressure, vibration, temperature and pain. The modalities and their receptors are partly overlapping, and are innervated by different kinds of fiber types.

Cutaneous receptors
Modality Type Fiber type
Touch Rapidly adapting cutaneous mechanoreceptors (Meissner corpuscle end-organs
Pacinian corpuscle end-organs
hair follicle receptors
some free nerve endings)
Touch & pressure Slowly adapting cutaneous mechanoreceptors (Merkel and Ruffini corpuscle end-organs
some free nerve endings)
Aβ fibers (Merkel and Ruffini's), Aδ fibers (free nerve endings)
Vibration Meissners and Pacinian corpuscle end-organs Aβ fibers
Temperature Thermoreceptors Aδ fibers (cold receptors)
C fibers (warmth receptors)
Pain Free nerve ending nociceptors Aδ fibers (Nociceptors of neospinothalamic tract)
C fibers (Nociceptors of paleospinothalamic tract)

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