Definition of Wallerian degeneration

1. Noun. (medicine) A process that results when a nerve fiber is cut or crushed, in which the part of the axon separated from the neuron's cell body degenerates distal to the injury. ¹



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Medical Definition of Wallerian degeneration

1. A form of degeneration occurring in nerve fibres as a result of their division; so called from Dr. Waller, who published an account of it in 1850. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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