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Nerve and Muscle Cells

Jaakko Malmivuo

in Bioelectromagnetism

Published in print October 1995 | ISBN: 9780195058239
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847839 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195058239.003.0002
Nerve and Muscle Cells

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This chapter begins on a cellular level, with a discussion of the anatomy and physiology of nerve and muscle cells. It considers the structure of nerve and muscle tissue and in particular their membranes, which are excitable. A qualitative description of the activation process follows. Many new terms and concepts are mentioned only briefly in this chapter. From the bioelectric viewpoint, the ionic channels constitute an important part of the cell membrane. These are macromolecular pores through which sodium, potassium, and chloride ions flow through the membrane.

Keywords: nerve cells; muscle cells; cellular membrane; ionic channels; macromolecular pores; synapse

Chapter.  3943 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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