from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A wave of physical and chemical excitation along a nerve fiber in response to a stimulus, accompanied by a transient change in electric potential in the membrane of the fiber.

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  • noun physiology The signal transmitted along a nerve fibre, either in response to a stimulus (such as touch, pain or heat), or as an instruction (such as causing a muscle to contract).

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  • noun the electrical discharge that travels along a nerve fiber


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