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Medical Term:

Nissl degeneration

Pronunciation: nis'el

Definition: degeneration of the cell body occurring after transection of the axon; characterized by dispersion of the granular endoplasmic reticulum, swelling of the soma, and movement of the nucleus to an eccentric position in the cell.

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