Nerve cells

Nerve cells

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Caption: Nerve cells. Light micrograph of a section of the small intestine, showing the nerve cells (neurones, dark brown) of the myenteric or Auerbach's plexus. This network of cells controls local intestinal wall movement. When the wall is stretched, or dilated, by its contents, nerves in the plexus cause the muscles above the dilation to contract and those below it to relax, resulting in a wave-like movement (peristalsis) of the gut contents towards the anus. The nerves are arranged in groups (ganglia), connected by long projections (narrow dark brown lines), which deliver signals between the nerves. Silver stain. Dark field illumination. Magnification: x50 at 35mm size.

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