Encyclopedia of Pain

2007 Edition

Axon

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29805-2_352

Definition

A process (and its eventual collaterals) of a neuron that conducts electrical impulses (action potentials) away from the soma (orthodromically) to its presynaptic ending(s) (forming synaptic contacts with other neurons, muscles or glands). Axons and their sheaths are called nerve fibers.

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