neurilemma[no̵or′ə lem′ə, nyo̵or′-]
Origin: ModL, altered (infl. by Glassical Greek lemma, skin, peel) from neurilema from Glassical Greek neuron, nerve plush eilēma, a covering from eilyein, to wind, wrap: see walk
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- Any of the cells having a membrane that composes a sheath around the axons of peripheral nerves. Also called Schwann cell.
- The sheath formed by such a cell.
Origin: Alteration (influenced by Greek lemma, husk) of French névrilème : névr-, nerve (from Greek neuro-, neuro-) + Greek eilēma, veil (from eilein, to wind, turn; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots).
- neuˌri·lemˈmal adjective
neurilemma - Medical Definition
- The delicate membranous covering that forms the myelin sheath around the axons of peripheral nerves. Also called sheath of Schwann.
- See Schwann cell.