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

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Recent Examples on the Web More than 30 years ago a team of scientists painstakingly traced the connections among each of the 302 nerve cells in the hermaphrodite Caenorhabditis elegans worm. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, "Worm Wiring Diagram May Help Us Understand Our Own Nervous System," 3 July 2019 Dopamine, according to Psychology Today, is a neurotransmitter, one of those chemicals that is responsible for transmitting signals between the nerve cells (neurons) of the brain. Lily Jackson |, al, "How are extroverts finding purpose without people?," 8 May 2020 The animals in this network learned to synchronize the electrical activity of their nerve cells to the same extent as those in a single brain. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "Scientists Demonstrate Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans," 29 Oct. 2019 Toy creator Jens Nygaard Knudsen, who's best known for designing the iconic Lego mini-figurine, died last week after battling the nerve cell disease ALS. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Jens Nygaard Knudsen, designer behind Lego minifigure, has died," 24 Feb. 2020 For about 5 to 6 months, this killifish, roughly the size of a thumb, puts most of its embryo’s critical body processes—including muscle and nerve cell growth—on hold. Joel Goldberg, Science | AAAS, "Watch African killifish embryos enter suspended animation to survive," 20 Feb. 2020 Zolgensma uses an empty virus-like particle that recognises nerve cells to deliver working copies of the gene to where it is needed. The Economist, "The pharmaceutical industry New drugs are costly and unmet need is growing," 12 Mar. 2020 The most common ions that regulate nerve cell signaling are sodium, potassium, calcium and chloride. Jenny Wilkerson,, "Is CBD a rising star or just a popular fad?," 12 Sep. 2019 The disease progressively kills nerve cells until the infant can no longer crawl or even turn over. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, "George Church Wants to Make Genetic Matchmaking a Reality," 15 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of nerve cell

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Jun 2020

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“Nerve cell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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

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