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Schwann cell

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

1930–35; after T. Schwann, who first described it
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Medical 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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Scientific 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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