Skip to Content

node of Ranvier

Pronunciation: rahn-ve-a'

Definition: a short interval in the myelin sheath of a nerve fiber, occurring between each two successive segments of the myelin sheath; at the node, the axon is invested only by short, fingerlike cytoplasmic processes of the two neighboring Schwann cells or, in the central nervous system, oligodendroglia cells.

See Also: myelin sheath

Disclaimer: This site is designed to offer information for general educational purposes only. The health information furnished on this site and the interactive responses are not intended to be professional advice and are not intended to replace personal consultation with a qualified physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. You must always seek the advice of a professional for questions related to a disease, disease symptoms, and appropriate therapeutic treatments.
© Copyright 2017 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review Date: Sep 19, 2016.
Hide