Schwann cellSchwann cell
any of the cells covering the myelin sheath that surrounds and insulates an axon of a nerve cell
Origin of Schwann cellafter T. Schwann (1810-82), German physiologist
Any of the cells that surround the axons of the peripheral nerves, forming the myelin sheath of myelinated nerve fibers and providing support for nonmyelinated nerve fibers. Also called neurilemma .
Origin of Schwann cellAfterTheodor Schwann
(plural Schwann cells)
After their discoverer Theodor Schwann (1810-1882), German physiologist.