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noun Physiology.

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.

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Origin of nerve impulse

First recorded in 1895–1900
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British Dictionary definitions for nerve impulse

nerve impulse

noun

the electrical wave transmitted along a nerve fibre, usually following stimulation of the nerve-cell bodySee also action potential
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Medical definitions for nerve impulse

nerve impulse

n.

A wave of physical and chemical excitation that moves along a nerve fiber in response to a stimulus.
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