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nerve impulse

noun

, Physiology.
  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.


nerve impulse

noun

  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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Word History and Origins

Origin of nerve impulse1

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Example Sentences

New techniques also make it possible to study how nerve impulses translate outside information to our inner worlds.

A bracelet studded with electrodes can detect tiny nerve impulses on the wrist.

The nerve-impulse thus aroused is conveyed to the brain, and there translated into sound.

It was said in the preceding chapter that when a muscle contracts, it must first receive a nerve-impulse.

In human action it is evident that there is always a stimulus to start the nerve-impulse which causes the action.

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

The nerve-impulse passing into the fibers of the muscles causes them to contract.

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