Definition of Purkinje cell in English:

Purkinje cell

Syllabification: Pur·kin·je cell
Pronunciation: /pərˈkinjē ˌsel


  • A nerve cell of a large, branched type found in the cortex of the cerebellum.
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    • 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.


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

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