Golgi tendon organmedical dictionary

<cell biology, physiology> A proprioceptive sensory nerve ending embedded among the fibres of a tendon, often near the musculotendinous junction; it is compressed and activated by any increase of the tendon's tension, caused either by active contraction or passive stretch of the corresponding muscle.

Synonyms: neurotendinous organ, neurotendinous spindle.

(05 Mar 2000)