Schwann cell

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Schwann cell

(shwän, shvän)
n.
Any of the cells that surround the axons of the peripheral nerves, forming the myelin sheath of myelinated nerve fibers and providing support for nonmyelinated nerve fibers. Also called neurilemma.

Schwann cell

A NEURILEMMA cell of a nerve fibre that produces the myelin sheath. (Theodor Schwann, 1810–1882, German anatomist).

Schwann cell

a type of cell occurring in the region of the nerve fibres of the peripheral nervous system of vertebrates. It produces the neurilemma which encloses the MYELIN SHEATH (see Fig. 226 ), and is found in close contact with the nerve axons between each node of Ranvier. see SCHWANN.