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[ in-ter-noo r-on, -nyoo r- ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈnʊər ɒn, -ˈnyʊər- /

noun Cell Biology.

any neuron having its cell body, axon, and dendrites entirely within the central nervous system, especially one that conveys impulses between a motor neuron and a sensory neuron.

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Origin of interneuron

First recorded in 1935–40; inter- + neuron
Related formsin·ter·neu·ro·nal [in-ter-noo r-uh-nl, -nyoo r-, -noo-rohn-l, -nyoo-] /ˌɪn tərˈnʊər ə nl, -ˈnyʊər-, -nʊˈroʊn l, -nyʊ-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for interneuron


/ (ˌɪntəˈnjʊərɒn) /


physiol any neuron that connects afferent and efferent neurons in a reflex arcAlso called: internuncial neuron
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Word Origin and History for interneuron


1939, from internuncial + neuron.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for interneuron


[ ĭn′tər-nurŏn′ ]


A nerve cell found entirely within the central nervous system that acts as a link between sensory neurons and motor neurons.
Related formsin′ter•neuro•nal (-nurə-nəl, -nu-rō-) adj.
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