Schwann cell

noun
\ ˈshwän- How to pronounce Schwann cell (audio) \

Definition of Schwann cell

: a myelin-secreting glial cell that spirally wraps around an axon of the peripheral nervous system to form the myelin sheath

First Known Use of Schwann cell

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Schwann cell

Theodor Schwann †1882 German naturalist

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“Schwann cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Schwann%20cell. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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Schwann cell

noun
\ ˈshwän- How to pronounce Schwann cell (audio) \

Medical Definition of Schwann cell

: a myelin-secreting glial cell that spirally wraps around an axon of the peripheral nervous system to form the myelin sheath

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