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BioelectromagnetismPrinciples and Applications of Bioelectric and Biomagnetic Fields$
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Jaakko Malmivuo and Robert Plonsey

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195058239

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195058239.001.0001

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Nerve and Muscle Cells

Nerve and Muscle Cells

(p.33) Chapter 2 Nerve and Muscle Cells

Jaakko Malmivuo

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins on a cellular level, with a discussion of the anatomy and physiology of nerve and muscle cells. It considers the structure of nerve and muscle tissue and in particular their membranes, which are excitable. A qualitative description of the activation process follows. Many new terms and concepts are mentioned only briefly in this chapter. From the bioelectric viewpoint, the ionic channels constitute an important part of the cell membrane. These are macromolecular pores through which sodium, potassium, and chloride ions flow through the membrane.

Keywords:   nerve cells, muscle cells, cellular membrane, ionic channels, macromolecular pores, synapse

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