Schwann cell


noun Biology.

a cell of the peripheral nervous system that wraps around a nerve fiber, jelly-roll fashion, forming the myelin sheath.

Origin of Schwann cell

1930–35; after T. Schwann, who first described it
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Medicine definitions for schwann cell

Schwann cell

[ shwän, shvän ]

n.

Any of the cells that cover the nerve fibers in the peripheral nervous system and form the myelin sheath.neurilemma neurilemma cell

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Science definitions for schwann cell

Schwann cell

[ shwän, shvän ]

Any of the cells that cover the axons in the peripheral nervous system and form the myelin sheath. See more at myelin.

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