epicritic

epicritic
That aspect of somatic sensation which permits the discrimination and the topographical localization of the finer degrees of touch and temperature stimuli. Cf.:protopathic. [G. epikritikos, adjudicatory, fr. epi, on, + krino, to separate, judge]

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ep·i·crit·ic .ep-ə-'krit-ik adj of, relating to, being, or mediating cutaneous sensory reception that is marked by accurate discrimination between small degrees of sensation compare PROTOPATHIC

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adj.
describing or relating to sensory nerve fibres responsible for the fine degrees of sensation, as of temperature and touch. Compare protopathic.

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epi·crit·ic (ep″ĭ-kritґik) [Gr. epikrisis determination] relating to or serving the purpose of accurate determination; applied to cutaneous nerve fibers that serve the purpose of perceiving fine variations of touch or temperature. See under sensibility.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • epicritic — [ep΄i krit′ik] adj. [Gr epikritikos, determinative < epikrisis, judgment < epikrinein, to judge < epi , upon + krinein, to judge: see CRISIS] designating or of the nerve fibers in the skin that transmit the finer sensations of touch and… …   English World dictionary

  • epicritic — |epə|krid.ik adjective Etymology: Greek epikritikos determinative, from epikritos (verbal of epikrinein) + ikos ic 1. of cutaneous reception : marked by accurate discrimination between small degrees of sensation (as of heat, cold, and pain) 2. of …   Useful english dictionary

  • epicritic — adjective Etymology: Greek epikritikos determinative, from epikrinein to decide, from epi + krinein to judge more at certain Date: 1905 of, relating to, being, or mediating cutaneous sensory reception marked by accurate discrimination between… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • epicritic — /ep i krit ik/, adj. Physiol. noting or pertaining to a discriminating responsiveness to small variations in pain or temperature stimuli (opposed to protopathic). [1900 05; < Gk epikrítikos determinative. See EPICRISIS1, TIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • epicritic — adj. of critical research, of critical evaluation …   English contemporary dictionary

  • epicritic — ep·i·crit·ic …   English syllables

  • epicritic — adj. describing or relating to sensory nerve fibres responsible for the fine degrees of sensation, as of temperature and touch. Compare: protopathic …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • epicritic — ep•i•crit•ic [[t]ˌɛp ɪˈkrɪt ɪk[/t]] adj. phl of or pertaining to neurons that are responsive to fine variations in touch or temperature • Etymology: 1900–05; < Gk epikrítikos determinative =epikri , var. s. of epikrinein to judge …   From formal English to slang

  • epicritic — /ɛpiˈkrɪtɪk/ (say epee kritik) adjective relating to cutaneous nerve fibres perceiving fine sensational variations, or to such perception (opposed to protopathic). {Greek epikritikos determining} …   Australian-English dictionary

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