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(Science: cell biology) a long process of a neuron, that carries efferent (outgoing) action potentials from the cell body towards target cells.

Each nerve cell has one axon, which can be over a foot long. A nerve cell communicates with another nerve cell by transmitting signals from the branches at the end of its axon. At the terminal end of the axon, the impulses are transmitted to other nerve cells or to effector organs.

in the peripheral nervous system, the larger (myelinated) axons are surrounded by a myelin sheath formed by concentric layers of plasma membrane of the schwann cell.

in the central nervous system, the function of the schwann cell is supplied by oligodendrocytes (oligodendroglia).

See: dendrite.

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... and magnificent that we cannot even fully comprehend its awesomeness - but consists of these very same neurons that fire their signals across the axons based on the same principles that each an every neuron works. There is no free will involved, at least not in the base level of their operations. ...

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Why do neurones only have one axon?

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Re: [NEUROSCIENCE]-Two Questions about AP Propagation

I think the second question is referring to thicker axons having nodes of Ranvier and thus can perform saltatory conduction. This would decrease the need for Na+ channels. The answer to the first question sounds pretty reasonable.

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Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:19 am
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