Skip to main content

Unfortunately we don't fully support your browser. If you have the option to, please upgrade to a newer version or use Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Safari 14 or newer. If you are unable to, and need support, please send us your feedback.

Publish with us
Lamellar Corpuscle

Lamellar Corpuscle

Corpusculum lamellosum

Read more

Quick Facts

The lamellar corpuscle is a type of large, ovoid, rapidly adapting, encapsulated nerve ending sensitive to pressure, touch, and vibration. The most complicated of the nerve endings, its core contains the nonmyelinated nerve terminal and its Schwann cells, surrounded by concentric layers of modified fibroblasts, in cross-section resembling a sliced onion. It is found in the skin and deeper tissues, particularly in the palms, soles, digits of hands and feet, joints, external genitalia, and breasts (Dorland, 2011).

Complete Anatomy
The world's most advanced 3D anatomy platform
Try it for Free


Lamellar corpuscles, or Pacinian corpuscles, are the largest of the encapsulated sensory receptors. They are rapid responding mechanoreceptors. The corpuscles are more numerous in the palmar and plantar skin, but are also found in the arm, neck and genitalia.

The lamellar corpuscles are found deep in the reticular layer of the dermis and the hypodermis. They are usually oval and can measure up to 2 mm in length. The capsule is formed by about 30 concentrically arranged layers of flat cells. In the center of the lamellae, or the core, is the unmyelinated axon (Standring, 2016).


Lamellar corpuscles are sensitive to high-frequency vibrations, such as grasping or releasing an object.


Dorland, W. (2011) Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary. 32nd edn. Philadelphia, USA: Elsevier Saunders.

Standring, S. (2016) Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice. Gray's Anatomy Series: Elsevier Limited.

Complete Anatomy

The world's most advanced 3D anatomy platform

Complete Anatomy