nerve fiber


Definition of nerve fiber 

: any of the processes (such as axons or dendrites) of a neuron

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Then there are thin, uninsulated nerve fibers that fire more slowly and produce what’s called second pain, which is a duller burning sensation that lasts a bit longer. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "This Is Why Stubbing Your Toe Hurts So Much," 17 Apr. 2018 After many specialist visits and tests, an MRI found damage to the nerve fibers, or white matter, in her brain. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "The ‘Right to Try’ Law Says Yes, the Drug Company Says No," 6 June 2018 David Carpenter, a physician who directs the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany, S.U.N.Y., explained the purpose of these cells is to insulate nerve fibers throughout the body. Charles Schmidt, Scientific American, "New Studies Link Cell Phone Radiation with Cancer," 29 Mar. 2018 In the early stages of dry macular degeneration, there are yellow deposits, called drusen, under the retina, which is the nerve tissue that lines the inside of the eye that detects light and sends nerve fibers to the brain. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Ask the Expert: Macular degeneration can lead to difficulty reading, recognizing faces and performing other fine tasks," 17 Apr. 2018 Myelin's purpose is to prevent electrical loss as the nerve fibers transfer pulses up and down the body. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How Practice Actually Changes Your Body," 28 Feb. 2017 Six of those were known to be involved in cell migration and growth of nerve fibers, both essential in creating connections and networks in the brain. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "There are people who hear color—and they may have hyper-connected brains," 7 Mar. 2018 Symptoms like foggy thinking and trouble walking, which Davis experienced, happen because multiple sclerosis attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers. Mary Lou Brink,, "Top Workplaces 2018 nomination deadline extended," 21 Jan. 2018 According to the latest research, one culprit may be pain-sensing nerve fibers deep within the inner ear. Joyce Cohen,, "14-Year-Old Girl Blasted with Air Horn Speaks Out: 'I Feel Like I’m Being Stabbed in the Ear'," 22 Dec. 2017

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circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nerve fiber was circa 1847

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Kids Definition of nerve fiber

: any of the threadlike extensions (as axons or dendrites) of a nerve cell that carry nerve impulses

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Medical Definition of nerve fiber 

: any of the processes (as an axon or a dendrite) of a neuron

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