Milsom, William K. Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
Last reviewed:October 2019
- Basic mechanism of action
- Characteristics of chemoreceptors
- Chemoreceptor tuning
- Central integration of input
- Structural adaptations
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The ability of organisms to detect changes in the chemical composition of their exterior or interior environment. It is a characteristic of every living cell, from the single-celled bacteria and protozoa to the most complex multicellular organisms. Chemoreception allows organisms to maintain homeostasis, react to stimuli, and communicate with one another. See also: Homeostasis
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