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

Examples of nerve cell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scott was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a form of nerve cell cancer, before her first birthday. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Apr. 2022 Serotonin and dopamine are neurotransmitters that carry signals, or information, from one nerve cell to another. Natalie Angley, CNN, 19 Dec. 2021 The scene looks like a microscopic photograph of a nerve cell. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 30 July 2021 When the alpha-latrotoxin reaches a person’s nerve cell, the nerve dumps all of its signaling chemicals at once, overwhelming its neighbors. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2021 In 1971, Bond writes, John O’Keefe and Jonathan Dostrovsky isolated a new type of nerve cell in the brains of rats. Robert Macfarlane, The New York Review of Books, 15 June 2021 The scientists are taking advantage of proteins derived from algae and other microbes that can make any nerve cell sensitive to light., 24 May 2021 According to Healthline, vitamin B12 is needed for three main purposes: nerve cell function, red blood cell production and DNA synthesis. Laura Wheatman Hill,, 9 Apr. 2021 The condition refers to inflammation of the spinal cord involving the destruction of a fatty white material, known as myelin, that insulates nerve cell fibers. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, 23 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of nerve cell

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nerve cell was in 1840

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4 May 2022

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“Nerve cell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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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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