postganglionic neuron


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postganglionic neuron

A neuron of the autonomic nervous system whose cell body lies in an autonomic ganglion and whose axon terminates in a visceral effector (smooth or cardiac muscle or glands).
See also: neuron
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Should a lesion that causes OSP affect the preganglionic neuron, MAO in the postganglionic neuron will still inactivate any adrenaline or NA present and, despite denervation hypersensitivity, neither pupil will dilate after the instillation of adrenaline 1:1 000.
Weaver, "Distributions of neuropeptide Y, vasoactive intestinal peptide and somatostatin in populations of postganglionic neurons innervating the rat kidney, spleen and intestine," Neuroscience, vol.
It is very important to reveal that catecholamine synthesis follows the same steps in chromaffine cells, in the central nervous system and in sympathetic postganglionic neurons, as a confirmation of their common origin and functions.