mossy fiber

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mossy fiber

An excitatory axon from outside the cerebellum that synapses in the granular layer of the cerebellar cortex. Mossy fiber terminals are the central elements in complex synaptic formations that include dendrites of granular neurons and neurites of Golgi cells.
See also: fiber
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Text book descriptions of the cerebellum tell us there are two types of input to the cerebellum: mossy fibres and climbing fibres.
Ekerot, "Cutaneous receptive fields and topography of mossy fibres and climbing fibres projecting to cat cerebellar C3 zone, " Journal of Physiology, vol.
When the team followed the structural changes in the hippocampus during the conditioning process, they found a large increase in the numbers of synaptic structures at the terminals of neurons called granule cells, which have axons called large mossy fibres after the memories were formed.
Mossy fibres represent a major intrahippocampal associative pathway.