myelin sheath

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The insulating layer that surrounds peripheral neurons and increases the speed of conduction. The sheath is actually of specialized Schwann cells that wrap around the neuron up to 50 times. Areas of the neuron that are not encased by the sheath are nodes of Ranvier.

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