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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.
(Physiology) the electrical wave transmitted along a nerve fibre, usually following stimulation of the nerve-cell body. See also action potential
a progressive wave of electric and chemical activity along a nerve fiber, stimulating or inhibiting action.
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|Noun||1.||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