noun \ˈnü-ˌrän, ˈnyü-; ˈnr-ˌän, ˈnyr-\

medical : a cell that carries messages between the brain and other parts of the body and that is the basic unit of the nervous system

Full Definition of NEURON

:  a grayish or reddish granular cell with specialized processes that is the fundamental functional unit of nervous tissue
neu·ro·nal \ˈnr-ə-nəl, ˈnyr-; n-ˈrō-nəl, ny-\ also neu·ron·ic \n-ˈrä-nik, ny-\ adjective

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Origin of NEURON

New Latin neuron, from Greek, nerve, sinew — more at nerve
First Known Use: 1891

Rhymes with NEURON

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noun \ˈn(y)ü-ˌrän, ˈn(y)(ə)r-ˌän\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of NEURON

: one of the cells that constitute nervous tissue, that have the property of transmitting and receiving nervous impulses, and that are composed of somewhat reddish or grayish protoplasm with a large nucleus containing a conspicuous nucleolus, irregular cytoplasmic granules, and cytoplasmic processes which are highly differentiated frequently as multiple dendrites or usually as solitary axons and which conduct impulses toward and away from the nerve cell body—called also nerve cell
neu·ro·nal \ˈn(y)r-ən-əl, n(y)-ˈrōn-əl\ also neu·ron·ic \n(y)-ˈrän-ik\ adjective

Variants of NEURON

neu·ron also neu·rone \-ˌrōn, -ˌōn\

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Structure of a neuron. Dendrites, usually branching fibres, receive and conduct impulses to the …—© Merriam-Webster Inc.

Any of the cells of the nervous system. Sensory neurons relay information from sense organs, motor neurons carry impulses to muscles and glands, and interneurons transmit impulses between sensory and motor neurons. A typical neuron consists of dendrites (fibres that receive stimuli and conduct them inward), a cell body (a nucleated body that receives input from dendrites), and an axon (a fibre that conducts the nerve impulse from the cell body outward to the axon terminals). Both axons and dendrites may be referred to as nerve fibres. Impulses are relayed by neurotransmitter chemicals released by the axon terminals across the synapses (junctions between neurons or between a neuron and an effector cell, such as a muscle cell) or, in some cases, pass directly from one neuron to the next. Large axons are insulated by a myelin sheath formed by fatty cells called Schwann cells. Bundles of fibres from neurons held together by connective tissue form nerves.

Variants of NEURON

neuron or nerve cell


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