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axonal

adjective ax·o·nal \ ˈak-sən-ᵊl; ak-ˈsän-, -ˈsōn- \
variants: also axonic play \ak-ˈsän-ik\

medical Definition of axonal

: of, relating to, affecting, or taking place along an axon
  • axonal growth
  • diffuse axonal injury
  • axonal transport of organelles
  • They have struggled to identify the signals responsible for axonal guidance—for steering the tender and tentative axon of a young nerve cell through the pandemonium of the growing brain and over to its appropriate target.
  • —Natalie AngierThe New York Times16 Aug. 1994

axonally

adverb
    • Intriguingly, many of the axonally expressed ligands found to influence myelination to date have been inhibitory, preventing oligodendrocyte differentiation and/or myelination.
    • —Ben EmeryScience5 Nov. 2010

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