Definition of Motor neuron

1. Noun. A neuron conducting impulses outwards from the brain or spinal cord.

Exact synonyms: Efferent Neuron, Motoneuron, Motor Nerve Fiber
Generic synonyms: Nerve Cell, Neuron
Group relationships: Efferent, Efferent Nerve, Motor Nerve

Definition of Motor neuron

1. Noun. (neuroanatomy) A neuron located in the central nervous system that projects its axon outside the CNS and directly or indirectly control muscles. ¹

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Medical Definition of Motor neuron

1. Synonym for motoneuron. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Literary usage of Motor neuron

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1. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"Degenerations of the motor neuron Systems or of the Muscles They Innervate If we think of the motor conduction path as the ..."

2. The Fundamental Laws of Human Behavior: Lectures on the Foundations of Any by Max Friedrich Meyer (1911)
"The other ends of each pair of a sensory and a motor neuron are connected by what may be called SL connecting neuron. The whole, represented in the figure ..."

3. Principles of Animal Biology by Aaron Franklin Shull, George Roger Larue, Alexander Grant Ruthven (1920)
"If in the reflex arc an electrical or other stimulus be given to the motor neuron, the impulse may pass along the motor neuron in both directions, ..."

4. Symptoms of Visceral Disease: A Study of the Vegetative Nervous System in by Francis Marion Pottenger (1919)
"... it to the efferent motor neuron 2 going to the muscle; or, in place of the reflex collateral from the afferent sensory neuron a different neuron b, ..."

5. Handbook of Severe Disability: A Text for Rehabilitation Counselors, Other edited by Walter C. Stolov, Michael R. Clowers (2000)
"The disease attacks both the lower motor neuron—the anterior horn cell of the spinal cord and the motor cells of the brain stem and cranial nerve nuclei ..."

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