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  1. Cell Biology. the appendage of the neuron that transmits impulses away from the cell body.
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Also ax·one [ak-sohn] /ˈæk soʊn/.

Origin of axon

1835–45; < New Latin < Greek áxōn an axle, axis; akin to Latin axis
Related formsax·on·al [ak-suh-nl, ‐son-l] /ˈæk sə nl, ‐ˌsɒn l/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for axon

Historical Examples

  • Mr. Axon says it is current in Lancashire and in Cornwall, Antiquary, xi.

    Folklore as an Historical Science

    George Laurence Gomme

  • We saw a moment ago that every axon is inclosed in a sheath.


    Ernest G. Martin

  • The contact of the axon of one neuron with the dendrons of another is called a synapse.


    James J. Walsh

  • Most nerve cells have two kinds of branches, called the axon and the dendrites.


    Robert S. Woodworth

  • Sandy-haired men have no age until they are fifty-five, and Axon was not fifty-five.

    The Price of Love

    Arnold Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for axon


axone (ˈæksəʊn)

  1. the long threadlike extension of a nerve cell that conducts nerve impulses from the cell bodyCompare dendrite
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Derived Formsaxonal, adjective

Word Origin

C19: via New Latin from Greek: axis, axle, vertebra
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Word Origin and History for axon


"axis of the vertebrate body," 1842, from Greek axon "axis" (see axis).

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axon in Medicine


  1. The usually long process of a nerve fiber that generally conducts impulses away from the body of the nerve cell.
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Related formsaxon•al (ăksə-nəl, ăk-sŏnəl) adj.
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axon in Science


  1. The long portion of a neuron that conducts impulses away from the body of the cell. Also called nerve fiber
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axon in Culture


The part of a nerve cell or neuron that transfers a nerve impulse from the nerve cell body to a synapse with another cell. (See action potential.) Depending on the location of the cell, the length of an axon can vary widely. In some cases (such as the axons that form the spinal cord), they may be several feet long.

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