from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See neuron.
  • n. The body of a neuron without its axon and dendrites.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cell of the nervous system which conducts nerve impulses; a neuron.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a neuron, one of the nucleated cells with which nerve fibers are connected; a ganglion cell is one type of nerve cell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any cell constituting part of the nervous system.
  • n. More particularly, one of the essential cells of the nervous centers, forming, in its entirety or in part, the parts along which the nervous impulses are propagated and distributed in the activity of such centers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cell that is specialized to conduct nerve impulses


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  • What happens in normal embryonic development, according to Sperry’s interpretation, is that axons long ‘wires’, each one a narrow, tubular extension of a single nerve cell grow questingly out from the spinal cord, sniffing like a dog for belly skin.


  • Dr.W. L. Worcester's microscopic examination showed rather unusual degrees of nerve cell pigmentation (precentral and paracentral).

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • Two of the cases showed cell-losses more marked in suprastellate layers; in the third there was universal nerve cell destruction, with active satellitosis caught in process.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • Dr.W. L. Worcester's microscopic examination showed acute nerve cell changes probably of the type of axonal reactions.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • There was gliosis in parts of the cornu ammonis, but no demonstrable nerve cell loss (interesting in relation to the epilepsy).

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • ABprpapppap, to take another example, is a nerve cell that sits in the ventral nerve cord running along the length of the worm.



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