nerve impulse

  1. a progressive wave of electric and chemical activity along a nerve fiber that stimulates or inhibits the action of a muscle, gland, or other nerve cell.

Origin of nerve impulse

First recorded in 1895–1900

Words Nearby nerve impulse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use nerve impulse in a sentence

  • There is another way in which the radiation of nerve impulse may be caused, entirely distinct from the lack of use or skill.

    The Psychology of Singing | David C. Taylor
  • The nerve-impulse passing into the fibers of the muscles causes them to contract.

    The Science of Human Nature | William Henry Pyle

British Dictionary definitions for nerve impulse

nerve impulse

  1. the electrical wave transmitted along a nerve fibre, usually following stimulation of the nerve-cell body: See also action potential

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