[ mahy-uh-lin ]
/ ˈmaɪ ə lɪn /
a soft, white, fatty material in the membrane of Schwann cells and certain neuroglial cells: the substance of the myelin sheath.
Also my·e·line [mahy-uh-leen] /ˈmaɪ əˌlin/.
Related formsmy·e·lin·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for myelin
In MS, the amount and quality of myelin is abnormal, replaced by “sclerotic” plaques, the hallmark of the disease.Can NASCAR Driver Trevor Bayne Race Safely With Multiple Sclerosis?|Kent Sepkowitz|November 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Alveolar cells commonly contain fat-droplets and, less frequently, myelin globules.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
British Dictionary definitions for myelin
/ (ˈmaɪɪlɪn) /
a white tissue forming an insulating sheath (myelin sheath) around certain nerve fibres. Damage to the myelin sheath causes neurological disease, as in multiple sclerosis
Derived Formsmyelinic, adjective
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Medicine definitions for myelin
[ mī′ə-lĭn ]
A white fatty material composed chiefly of alternating layers of lipids and lipoproteins that encloses the axons of myelinated nerve fibers.
Droplets of lipid formed during autolysis and postmortem decomposition.
Related formsmy′e•lin′ic adj.
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Science definitions for myelin
[ mī′ə-lĭn ]
A whitish, fatty substance that forms a sheath around many vertebrate nerve fibers. Myelin insulates the nerves and permits the rapid transmission of nerve impulses. The white matter of the brain is composed of nerve fibers covered in myelin.
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