- nerve ending n the structure in which the distal end of the axon of a nerve fiber terminates called also nerve end
* * *the final part (terminal) of one of the branches of a nerve fibre, where a neurone makes contact either with another neurone at a synapse or with a muscle or gland cell at a neuro-muscular or neuroglandular junction.
* * *any of the fine branchlike terminations of neurons. Sensory nerve endings are the beginnings of afferent pathways of myelinated fibers of pseudounipolar neurons; they are classified as either free or encapsulated. Motor nerve endings are the endings of axons and are called motor end plates; see under end plate.
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nerve ending — noun Date: circa 1890 a structure forming the distal end of a nerve axon see neuron illustration … New Collegiate Dictionary
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