(also Ranvier's node)
Definition of node of Ranvier in English:
A gap in the myelin sheath of a nerve, between adjacent Schwann cells.
- Mammalian vertebrates may also have the morphological equivalent of the septate junction where Schwann cells link to nerve axons at the node of Ranvier.
- The myelin sheath around an axon is interrupted at regular intervals known as the nodes of Ranvier.
- Another node of Ranvier more clearly shows the dark axon as it continues through the node.
late 19th century: named after Louis Antoine Ranvier (1835–1922), French histologist.
Definition of node of Ranvier in:
- British & World English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Canada
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Malaysia
Most popular in Pakistan