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Skin Meissner, Pacinian, Merkel, and Ruffini Receptors

I read the mechanoreceptors almost ten times till date but I've never been able to remember those?
I just loose them the next day.

Is this topic high yield? if yes how should I get over these--any mnemonic?
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I just had a question on my qbank and one of the answer choices was Merkel. (Wasn't the answer though)

Asked me to differentiate between cell types.
Merkel->

Neuroendocrine cell in the basal layer of epidermis for touch.

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wasn't any of that on my test, if that means anything
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this is my way to remember them, hope it will help ...

meiSSner's ---- hairleSS skin ---- remember the tip of your fingers they are hairleSS --- you use them for fine touch --- they are fine and quick (adaptation)

merKel's ---- folliKles(of hair) --- hairy skin --- for crude touch --- they are crude and slow(adaptation

Pacinian ----- Pressure+ vibration ---- they vibrate quickly(adaptation)
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If you need Ruffini endings: Ruffini sounds like Rafiki (from the Lion King), and I picture him standing on top of the ledge presenting Simba to the pack, with outstretched arms. All to remember that Ruffini endings respond to stretch.
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