from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British Variant of neuron.
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- n. Alternative spelling of neuron.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the structural elements of the nervous system; a nerve-cell together with all its processes, the neuraxon and the dendrites.
- n. The axis-cylinder of a nerve-cell.
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Physicist Stephen Hawking, the author of "A Brief History of Time" who is almost completely paralyzed by motor neurone disease, has been urgently admitted to hospital, Cambridge University said on Monday.
Amid much controversy, another Dignitas death, also that of a motor neurone sufferer, an American computer scientist called Craig Ewert, was filmed on Sky in 2008.
Next Monday, on BBC2, the writer Sir Terry Pratchett, 62, who is suffering from a rare form of Alzheimer's disease, and is a supporter of the right to assisted suicide, will present a documentary called Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die, which follows the case of Peter Smedley, a man in his early 70s with motor neurone disease, a condition that will eventually make him unable to swallow or breathe.
There is certainly not much feelgood about Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die, which will be broadcast on BBC2 on 13 June and feature footage of the Discworld author witnessing the assisted death of a man with advanced motor neurone disease in Switzerland's Dignitas clinic.
The scientists are concentrating on a range of neurological conditions, including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and motor neurone disease.
The NHS is facing a "neurology timebomb" as the number of people with conditions such as Parkinson's and motor neurone disease MND increases, an umbrella organisation for charities in the field has said.
Leading health charities and doctors want all those dying of conditions such as cancer, heart problems, Aids and motor neurone disease to qualify automatically for a £130 annual discount.
In 2008, a documentary on Sky called Right To Die? showed 59-year-old Craig Ewert, who also suffered from motor neurone disease, end his life.
The writer, who was diagnosed with a form of Alzheimer's disease in 2008, is shown at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland with the 71-year-old motor neurone disease sufferer named only as Peter.
Hawking is nearly totally paralyzed by motor neurone disease, diagnosed when he was 21.
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