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What are neurons?

By May 25, 2007

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Nerve Cell
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Neurons are the basic unit of nervous tissue. A neuron, or nerve cell, consists of two major parts: a cell body and nerve processes.

The central cell body contains the neuron's nucleus and associated cytoplasm and organelles.

The nerve processes are "finger-like" projections from the cell body that are able to conduct and transmit signals.

There are two types of nerve processes: axons and dendrites. Axons typically carry signals away from the cell body while dendrites typically carry signals toward the cell body.

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January 28, 2010 at 10:07 pm
(1) Crystal says:

Thank You
This was VERY helpful!
How are neurons/nerve cells made?
Can any of them come out when you crack your head (cranium)?
If it does would the human body make more cells?
THANK YOU VERY MUCH ANYWAY!!!!

March 11, 2010 at 10:58 am
(2) Cristina says:

This didnt help me at all.
How are Neurons classified??

May 17, 2010 at 8:45 pm
(3) tahjana says:

that was great you helped alot thankyou

November 22, 2010 at 6:14 pm
(4) Aaron says:

Thanks this was helpful im in the 7th grade making a power point for 4th graders :)

March 22, 2013 at 8:56 am
(5) hannah says:

this was not helpful :)

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