- the compact area of a nerve cell that constitutes the nucleus and surrounding cytoplasm, excluding the axons and dendrites.
Origin of cell body
First recorded in 1875–80
Also called perikaryon.
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Examples from the Web for cell body
Each one is simply a specially contractile continuation of the protoplasm of the cell-body.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition
Vernon L. Kellogg
Thus, by this first ergonomy, the nucleus became the vehicle of heredity and the cell-body the organ of adaptation.
Hence many cytologists regard the centrosoma as a secondary product of differentiation in the cell-body, not the nucleus.
At the point where they become continuous with the cell-body there is usually a deeply staining “basal granule.”
The division of the cell-body is completed midway between the two daughter-nuclei.Darwin and Modern Science
A.C. Seward and Others
- The part of a neuron containing the nucleus but not incorporating the axon and dendrites.soma
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- The portion of a neuron that contains the nucleus but does not incorporate the dendrites or axon.
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