noun[mass noun] Biology
The plasma membrane of an axon.
- Some cases are due to acute axonal neuropathy, in which glycolipid in the axolemma is targeted.
- Hence the axolemma appears to be the barrier for osmotically induced flow into the axoplasm.
- Previous works have also shown early myelin detachment from the axolemma, but Abrahams et al., who also addressed this issue, did not find this alteration at 24 h after nerve crush.
Late 19th century: from Greek axōn 'axis' + lemma 'husk'.
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