Nervous System

What makes neurons different from all other cells?
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  1. The formal name for each of your trillions of nerve cells in your brain is neuron. Neurons are much like all your other cells. They have a body that holds a nucleus, mitochondria, ribosomes and endoplasmic reticulum. Neurons, like some other cells, also have dendrites -- small, branch-like projections that connect to other cells and allow them to communicate with each other. However, neurons, unlike any other cells, have an axon extending out (picture a cable running along the neuron), which can send electrochemical messages such as nerve impulses or physical actions.

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