What is a nerve cell? What does it look like? What are it’s functions? What are the types neurons?

Nerve cells or also known as nerve fibers and neurons are the cells in nervous system which function to process and transmit information in the form electrical impulses. Nerve cells are typically consist of a soma or a cell body, dendrite and an axon.

If we think… A neuron resembles a tree šŸŒ³.


A nerve cell or a neuron

Now, if we look at two pictures given above we can find some resemblance between a neuron and a tree.

We can compare the twigs with the dendritic tip, tree trunk with the axon and the roots with the axon terminal.

Now let us come to the types of neurons.

The two main types of neuron are afferent neuron and efferent neuron. Afferent neurons are also known as sensory neurons and efferent neurons as motor neurons. The sensory neurons or the afferent neurons takes the impulse towards the CNS and motor neurons takes the impulses away from the CNS.

It’s a bit confusing to learn these types of neurons (afferent and efferent neurons) BUT no need to worry as I will tell you guys a simple trick to remember it.

So, as we all know A comes before C… The impulses will come towards the brain first, and then they will move away from the brain. i.e. afferent neurons will perform their function first after which efferent neurons will do their job.

Now I hope there is no confusion between the afferent neurons and efferent neurons.

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