nerve ending


Definition of nerve ending

: a structure forming the distal end of a nerve axon — see neuron illustration

Examples of nerve ending in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mechanoreceptors are just one type of nerve ending in a larger system that controls our sense of touch, called the somatosensory system. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 7 Apr. 2022 The condition affects the microscopic sensory nerves all over the body; the nerve ending damage could be caused by can be various problems including genetics, autoimmune conditions, injury, or diseases. Jenna Birch,, 20 May 2020

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First Known Use of nerve ending

1868, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nerve ending was in 1868

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“Nerve ending.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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nerve ending


Medical Definition of nerve ending

: the structure in which the distal end of the axon of a nerve fiber terminates

called also nerve end

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