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cell body

noun

Definition of cell body

  1. :  the nucleus-containing central part of a neuron exclusive of its axons and dendrites — see neuron illustration



1878

First Known Use of cell body

1878


Medical Dictionary

cell body

noun

Medical Definition of cell body

  1. :  the nucleus-containing central part of a neuron exclusive of its axons and dendrites that is the major structural element of the gray matter of the brain and spinal cord, the ganglia, and the retina—called also perikaryon, soma



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