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Purkinje cell

Line breaks: Pur|kinje cell
Pronunciation: /pəːˈkɪndʒi
 
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Definition of Purkinje cell in English:

noun

Anatomy
A nerve cell of a large, branched type found in the cortex of the cerebellum.
Example sentences
  • Some types of neurons, such as Purkinje cells of the cerebellum, do not contain pigment granules.
  • The two most common locations for Negri bodies are in hippocampus and Purkinje cells in cerebellum.
  • About 0.1% of the Purkinje cells in the cerebellar samples had clearly come from donated bone marrow: they contained a Y chromosome.

Origin

mid 19th century: named after Jan E. Purkinje (1787–1869), Bohemian physiologist.

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