nerve cell


Definition of nerve cell

1 : a grayish or reddish granular cell with specialized processes that is the fundamental functional unit of nervous tissue transmitting and receiving nerve impulses : neuron
2 : cell body

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The Cobra,'' as he was known in his playing days, had two knee surgeries and was diagnosed in 2012 with Parkinson’s Disease, which attacks the brain nerve cells and affects movement. Branson Wright,, "40 years after historic All-Star Game, Dave Parker battles Parkinson’s, helps at Reds Youth Academy," 7 July 2019 When everything works correctly, the end result is six highly organized distinct layers of nerve cells. Linda Carroll, NBC News, "Gene mutation in the brain may be early clue to autism, study suggests," 2 July 2019 In 2015, Oakley was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancer that develops from immature nerve cells, according to a GoFundMe page that raised $52,000 for his medical treatment. Erin Davis And Brandon Griggs, CNN, "A 5-year-old boy with cancer dreamed of being a soldier, so dozens of service members came to his funeral," 25 June 2019 Some images are familiar, like Lois Greenfield’s dancers, while others, such as a magnified view of nerve cells that looks like a Chihuly sclupture, are strikingly new and likely never to be forgotten. Jim Kiest,, "12 new books for your summer reading list," 5 June 2019 Langman and Burr were correct, but their findings were poorly understood until 1949 when Alan Hodgkin and Andrew Huxley discovered how ions help electrical signals hop across nerve cell membranes. Sally Adee, Quartz, "Our bodies are full of electricity that could help us fight cancer," 30 May 2019 Huntington’s is a fatal, incurable genetic disorder that breaks down nerve cells in the brain, according to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Audrey Dutton, idahostatesman, "Boise man died of burns after a home health aide left him in hot bath, friend says," 3 June 2019 Scientific American reports that: Consciousness requires a sophisticated network of highly interconnected components, nerve cells. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why the Abortion Movie Unplanned Is Factually Incorrect," 16 Apr. 2019 This impairment causes brain nerve cells to slowly lose function, eventually leading to some of the hallmark symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Dana Dovey, Newsweek, "Diabetes Drug Reverses Alzheimer’s Symptoms in Mice; Reduces Brain Plaque Buildup and Improves Memory," 1 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of nerve cell

1840, in the meaning defined above

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Kids Definition of nerve cell

: a cell of the nervous system with fibers that carry nerve impulses

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Medical Definition of nerve cell

1 : a grayish or reddish granular cell with specialized processes that is the fundamental functional unit of nervous tissue : neuron
2 : cell body

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