interneuron

noun
in·​ter·​neu·​ron | \ˌin-tər-ˈnu̇r-ˌän, -ˈnyu̇r- \

Definition of interneuron 

: a neuron that conveys impulses from one neuron to another

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interneuronal \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈnu̇r-​ə-​nᵊl , -​ˈnyu̇r-​ ; -​nu̇-​ˈrō-​, -​nyu̇-​ˈrō-​ \ adjective

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Picking one, MiR206, for closer examination, the two researchers created a mouse strain in which the gene for MiR206 was switched off in the parvalbumin interneurons. The Economist, "The generation gameThe ramifications of a new type of gene," 22 Feb. 2018 He and his colleague Molly Heyer therefore looked at the role of these micro-RNAs in regulating brain cells called parvalbumin interneurons, which are thought to be involved in schizophrenia. The Economist, "The generation gameThe ramifications of a new type of gene," 22 Feb. 2018 Yang and his team also found that SOM and PV interneurons had less activity. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Scientists come up with neural mechanism—and possible fix—for chronic pain," 27 June 2017 Around those pain-signaling neurons are several types of interneurons that precisely regulate and control pain signals. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Scientists come up with neural mechanism—and possible fix—for chronic pain," 27 June 2017

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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interneuron

noun
in·​ter·​neu·​ron | \ˌint-ər-ˈn(y)ü-ˌrän, -ˈn(y)u̇(ə)r-ˌän \
variants: or British interneurone \ -​ˈnyu̇r-​ōn \

Medical Definition of interneuron 

: a neuron that conveys impulses from one neuron to another

called also association neuron, associative neuron, internuncial, internuncial neuron

— compare motor neuron, sensory neuron

Other Words from interneuron

interneuronal \ -​ˈn(y)u̇r-​ən-​ᵊl , -​nyu̇-​ˈrōn-​ \ adjective

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