cell body

noun Biology.
the compact area of a nerve cell that constitutes the nucleus and surrounding cytoplasm, excluding the axons and dendrites.
Also called perikaryon.


Origin:
1875–80

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cell body n.
The part of a neuron containing the nucleus but not incorporating the axon and dendrites. Also called soma.

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cell body  
The portion of a neuron that contains the nucleus but does not incorporate the dendrites or axon.
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Example sentences
When a smell molecule binds to a receptor, the receptor sends a signal up the
  dendrite to the cell body.
Venter has already transferred the genome of one species into the cell body of
  another.
It lies in the branches beyond, before it gets to the cell body.
As noted above, messages that are received by dendrites are relayed to the cell
  body and then to the axon.
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