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Brain Idea #4 - October 7, 2018
WHAT ARE YOUR AXONS?
AND WHY ARE THEY SO IMPORTANT?
Your axons are the thin threadlike fibers called axon filaments, which extend from each neuron cell body of your 100 billion neurons to other neurons, senses, internal organs, glands, and your muscles through special end terminals known as your axon's terminal buttons.
An axon's filament attaches to a neuron's cell body and its function is to carry a biochemical current or signal from theneuron's cell body to the end terminals (extensions) at the other end of the neuron.
The terminals of axons attach through biochemical junctions (electro-chemical switches) known as synapses, which relay ionic signals from neuron to neuron, and from your neurons to all of the other organs, glands, senses, and muscles in your body.
The biochemical current (signals/impulses) can flow through very short or very long filaments.
For example, your sciatica nerve, which is the longest nerve in your body, sends biochemical current from the cell bodies in the neuron fibers of your lower back down your two legs to the terminal extension buttons at the other end of the two filaments of the neurons, which terminate at the back of the heals of your two feet.
Typically, at least 10,000-15,000 synapses are attached to the end terminals of a neuron's filament, but there can be as few as a single one for memories of some celebrities or revered relatives such as parents and grandmothers.
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