nervous impulse

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Noun1.nervous 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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Patients often have their eyes open and it appears they can look around, but the movement is due to a nervous impulse.
Nevertheless, far from such a racist stance, one must also say that what this officer committed against his fellow soldiers, whether it was the result of a nervous impulse or whether its background and motives were suicidal, as preliminary reports by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have begun to indicate, will lead to negative reactions which Muslims enlisted in the US Army, who number nearly twenty thousand officers and soldiers, will pay the price for, whether in terms of promotions or of the way they are dealt with by their colleagues.
Helmholtz explored human physiology, in its entirety, making fundamental contributions to audition, vision, the conduction of the nervous impulse and, perhaps most important in so far as systems biology is concerned, physiologic energy balance.
for the design, manufacture and distribution of surgical implants and associated accessories for nervous impulse modulation for the purpose of regulating gastrointestinal and metabolic disorders.
Stress hormones, called catecholamines, are generally meant to boost muscle fitness, making them work faster and harder than they usually do, and respond with alacrity to nervous impulses.
Indeed, those nervous impulses were evident leading up to the March 2009 bottoming of the Dow.