Nerve sysnapse

Nerve sysnapse

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Caption: Nerve synapse. Computer artwork of a synapse, the junction between two nerve cells. When an electrical signal reaches a synapse, it causes synaptic vesicles (red balls) at the end of the neuron to burst. These release neurotransmitter chemicals across the gap to the next nerve cell. These bind to the second neuron, causing the propagation of an electrical signal along it. Each nerve cell in the body communicates with many others at synapses such as this. The blue bodies in the nerve cell are mitochondria, which produce energy for the cell.

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Keywords: anatomy, artwork, cells, human body, illustration, junction, mitochondria, mitochondrion, nerve cell, nerve cells, nervous, nervous system, neurology, neurones, neurons, synapse, synaptic cleft, system, vesicles

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