Non-myelinated nerve

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Definition

noun

A nerve cell in which there is no myelin sheath surrounding its axon.


Supplement

The non-myelinated nerve cells pertains to any of the nerve cells without the myelin sheath along the axons. Compared to myelinated neurons, non-myelinated neuronss are slower in terms of conducting impulses and are found in the peripheral nervous system (especially visceral nervous system) and the gray matter of the nervous system.


Word origin: non- (without) + myelinated + neuron

Synonym:

Compare: myelinated neuron

See also: myelin