growth cone

noun

: the specialized motile tip of an axon of a growing or regenerating neuron

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The tip of the axon, called a growth cone, senses chemicals drifting by. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 16 May 2011

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of growth cone was in 1970

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“Growth cone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/growth%20cone. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

growth cone

noun
: the specialized motile tip of an axon of a growing or regenerating nerve cell

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