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myelin

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noun my·e·lin \ˈmī-ə-lən\

Definition of myelin

  1. :  a soft white somewhat fatty material that forms a thick layer around the axons of some neurons

my·e·lin·ic play \ˌmī-ə-ˈli-nik\ adjective


Origin of myelin

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1873


Medical Dictionary

myelin

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noun my·e·lin \ˈmī-ə-lən\

Medical Definition of myelin

  1. :  a soft white material of lipid and protein that is secreted by oligodendrocytes and Schwann cells and forms a thick sheath about axons—see myelin sheath

  2. my·e·lin·ic \ˌmī-ə-ˈlin-ik\play adjective




Learn More about myelin

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "myelin" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "myelin"


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