Schwann, Theodor


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Schwann, Theodor

(1810–82) German anatomist who first recognized the egg as a cell in 1838. He showed that all living organisms are composed of cells, and also that fermentation is brought about by living organisms. He discovered PEPSIN in gastric juice and the SCHWANN CELL is named after him.

Schwann,

Theodor, German histologist and physiologist, 1810-1882.
Schwann cell unit - a single Schwann cell and all of the axons lying in troughs indenting its surface.
Schwann cells - cells of ectodermal (neural crest) origin that compose a continuous envelope around each nerve fiber of peripheral nerves. Synonym(s): neurilemma cells
Schwann tumor
Schwann white substance - the lipid material present in the myelin sheath of nerve fibers; the medulla of bones and other organs.
schwannoma - Synonym(s): neurilemoma; neuroschwannoma
sheath of Schwann - a cell that enfolds one or more axons of the peripheral nervous system. Synonym(s): neurilemma