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[in-ter-noo r-on, -nyoo r-]
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noun Cell Biology.
  1. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for interneuron


  1. 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.

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interneuron in Medicine


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