Hair plexus

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Hair plexus.

A hair plexus or root hair plexus is a special group of nerve fiber endings and serves as a very sensitive mechanoreceptor for touch sensation. Each hair plexus forms a network around a hair follicle and is a receptor, which means it sends and receives nerve impulses to and from the brain when the hair moves.

Endings of sensory nerve fibers which form a plexus around a hair follicle in hairy skin. They are mechanoreceptors conveying touch sensation. Specifically, crude touch and pressure sensation conveyed through the anterior spinothalamic tract. The plexus acts as a receptor.