What is a Nerve? - Definition & Associated Terminology


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What is the name for a collection of nerve cells that form a nerve center outside of the brain and spinal cord?

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1. What is the term for a network of nerves that intersect or interjoin one another?

2. Anything that activates a nerve cell or nerve and causes an electrochemical signal, called an impulse, to be propagated along a nerve fiber is called a:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Neurology comes with a lot of terminology and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of some of the relevant terms. Some things you'll be assessed on include anatomy and physiology vocabulary of the nervous system.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the definitions of:

  • Nerve
  • Ascending nerve tracts
  • Ganglion
  • Plexus
  • Stimulus

Skills Practiced

This quiz/worksheet allows students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about nerve terminology
  • Making connections - use understanding of the relationships between nerves and associated structures
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and interpret neurology vocabulary, such as plexus, nerve, and ganglion

Additional Learning

To learn more about nerves, review the accompanying lesson called What is a Nerve? - Definition & Associated Terminology. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define nerve, neuron, receptor, ganglion and plexus
  • Explain what is meant by innervation and stimulus
  • Differentiate between ascending and descending nerve tracts