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nerve fiber

noun, Anatomy, Physiology.
a process, axon, or dendrite of a nerve cell.
Origin of nerve fiber
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Like the copper rod, the axis cylinder along which the nerve impulse travels is the essential part of a nerve fiber.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • It is believed that each is sensitive to a particular vibration rate and that each is also attached to a nerve fiber.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • Corporals, sensitive as the bulb of nerve fiber at the end of a cat's whisker, are given the merry hand with a marble heart.

nerve fiber in Medicine

nerve fiber n.
A threadlike process of a neuron, especially the axon that conducts nerve impulses.

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nerve fiber in Science
nerve fiber  
See axon.
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