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nerve impulse

n.
A wave of physical and chemical excitation along a nerve fiber in response to a stimulus, accompanied by a transient change in electric potential in the membrane of the fiber.

nerve impulse

n
(Physiology) the electrical wave transmitted along a nerve fibre, usually following stimulation of the nerve-cell body. See also action potential

nerve′ im`pulse



n.
a progressive wave of electric and chemical activity along a nerve fiber, stimulating or inhibiting action.
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Noun1.nerve impulse - the electrical discharge that travels along a nerve fiber; "they demonstrated the transmission of impulses from the cortex to the hypothalamus"
electrical discharge - a discharge of electricity
action potential - the local voltage change across the cell wall as a nerve impulse is transmitted
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