The loss or removal of myelin sheath (e.g. from the nerve fiber).


Demyelination occurs when the myelin sheath of myelinated nerve cells is removed (e.g. as an effect of a disease). There are two major types of demyelination:

Word origin: de- (from, away from) + myelinated

Related forms: demyelinated (adjective), demyelinate (verb)

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