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axon

[ak-son]
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noun
  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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axon

axone (ˈæksəʊn)

noun
  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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axon

n.

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

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axone in Medicine

axon

(ăksŏn′)
n.
  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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axone in Science

axon

[ăksŏn′]
  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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axone in Culture

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.

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