Definition of dendrite
1 : a branching treelike figure produced on or in a mineral by a foreign mineral; also : the mineral so marked
2 : a crystallized arborescent form
3 : any of the usually branching protoplasmic processes that conduct impulses toward the body of a neuron — see neuron illustration
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The neurons in the images, their dendrites and axons emanating from their somas, look like spiders with dozens of legs stretched to the breaking point in all directions.
Second, the electrical signals those cells generate flow through neurons in one direction: branching dendrites receive the pulse, pass it to the main cell body and then along their axons—long projections that can connect distant parts of the brain.
This is visualised in Impermanence Trajectory through various objects/components like the shakan/anti-amygdala, the lotus dendrites and the septum fall.
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: any of the usually branched fibers that carry nerve impulses toward a nerve cell body
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