Dictionary.com

axon

[ ak-son ]
/ ˈæk sɒn /
Save This Word!

noun
Cell Biology. the appendage of the neuron that transmits impulses away from the cell body.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help
Also ax·one [ak-sohn]. /ˈæk soʊn/.

Origin of axon

1835–45; <New Latin <Greek áxōn an axle, axis; akin to Latin axis

OTHER WORDS FROM axon

ax·on·al [ak-suh-nl, ‐son-l], /ˈæk sə nl, ‐ˌsɒn l/, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use axon in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for axon

axon

axone (ˈæksəʊn)

/ (ˈæksɒn) /

noun
the long threadlike extension of a nerve cell that conducts nerve impulses from the cell bodyCompare dendrite

Derived forms of axon

axonal, adjective

Word Origin for axon

C19: via New Latin from Greek: axis, axle, vertebra
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for axon

axon
[ ăksŏn′ ]

n.
The usually long process of a nerve fiber that generally conducts impulses away from the body of the nerve cell.

Other words from axon

axon•al (ăksə-nəl, ăk-sŏnəl) adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for axon

axon
[ ăksŏn′ ]

The long portion of a neuron that conducts impulses away from the body of the cell. Also called nerve fiber
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Cultural definitions for axon

axon

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.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
FEEDBACK