Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
nerve \nerve\ (n[~e]rv), n. [OE. nerfe, F. nerf, L. nervus, akin to Gr. ney^ron sinew, nerve; cf. neyra` string, bowstring; perh. akin to E. needle. Cf. Neuralgia.]
(Anat.) One of the whitish and elastic bundles of fibers, with the accompanying tissues, which transmit nervous impulses between nerve centers and various parts of the animal body.
Note: An ordinary nerve is made up of several bundles of nerve fibers, each bundle inclosed in a special sheath (the perineurium) and all bound together in a connective tissue sheath and framework (the epineurium) containing blood vessels and lymphatics.
A sinew or a tendon.
Physical force or steadiness; muscular power and control; constitutional vigor.
he led me on to mightiest deeds, Above the nerve of mortal arm.
Steadiness and firmness of mind; self-command in personal danger, or under suffering; unshaken courage and endurance; coolness; pluck; resolution.
Audacity; assurance. [Slang]
(Bot.) One of the principal fibrovascular bundles or ribs of a leaf, especially when these extend straight from the base or the midrib of the leaf.
(Zo["o]l.) One of the nervures, or veins, in the wings of insects.
Nerve cell (Anat.), a neuron, one of the nucleated cells with which nerve fibers are connected; a ganglion cell is one type of nerve cell.
Nerve fiber (Anat.), one of the fibers of which nerves are made up. These fibers are either medullated or nonmedullated. In both kinds the essential part is the translucent threadlike axis cylinder which is continuous the whole length of the fiber.
Nerve stretching (Med.), the operation of stretching a nerve in order to remedy diseases such as tetanus, which are supposed to be influenced by the condition of the nerve or its connections.
n. (context cytology English) A cell of the nervous system which conducts nerve impulses; a neuron.
n. a cell that is specialized to conduct nerve impulses [syn: neuron]
Usage examples of "nerve cell".
The inner portion of the cord is filled with a mass of nerve cell bodies, so the spinal cord has its gray matter as the brain has.
Having come so far, might it not be as well to get into the body and experience the interior of a nerve cell?
When he was dead, when every nerve cell was isolated, the Extro bits moved in on the Chief.
Recently yoomins developed technology which makes unintended conception a correctable mistake, long before a developing fetus could possibly possess a single functioning nerve cell or pain receptorand so now, inevitably, the most revered and popular religious leader in the history of their planet tells them such technology is evil.
I have already observed that you have, not the same, but a comparable type nerve cell to that of human beings.
The internal story of the development of the mind can be summed up as a series of steps in which the key 'player' is the nerve cell A nerve cell is an extended object that can send signals from one place to another Once you've got nerve cells you can have networks of nerve cells.
Plus from what Chris had written, it would have to cause nerve cell damage without causing kidney or liver damage.
Every nerve cell in my cerebrum sprang to attention simultaneously.