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somatic nerve fibers


Definition: afferent or efferent fibers distributed outside the body cavities, i.e., to the parietes; most somatic afferent fibers conduct impulses centrally stimulating conscious sensation; all somatic efferent fibers stimulate somatic (voluntary/striated/skeletal) muscle.

Synonym(s): neurofibrae somaticaeTA

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