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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....

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node of Ranvier

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One of the gaps that occur at regular intervals in the myelin sheath of medullated nerve fibres, between adjacent Schwann cells.

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