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.
It is the job of these extremely delicate and sensitive hair cells to transform the mechanical energy of the vibrating sound waves to a nervous impulse which, in turn, is processed by the human brain.
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.
the point at which a nervous impulse passes from one neuron to another
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.
Although, the nervous system is in complete working order, and if the secretion of endocrine glands are insufficient then the force of the nervous impulses will be less.
In PMD, an inherited genetic defect prevents brain cells called oligodendrocytes from making myelin, a fatty material that insulates white matter which serves as a conduit for nervous impulses throughout the brain.