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Schwann cells or neurolemmocytes are the principal glia of the peripheral nervous system (PNS). Glial cells function to support neurons and in the PNS, also include satellite cells, olfactory ensheathing cells, enteric glia and glia that reside at sensory nerve endings, such as the Pacinian corpuscle. There are two types of Schwann cell, myelinating and nonmyelinating. Myelinating Schwann cells wrap around axons of motor and sensory neurons to form the myelin sheath.
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1. any cell that covers the nerve fibers in the peripheral nervous system and forms the myelin sheath
(hypernym) somatic cell, vegetative cell
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A type of glial cell of the peripheral nervous system that helps separate and insulate nerve cells.
A Service of the National Cancer Institute.
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