Are you a medical student or working in related fields? Or just a curious person by nature? Then our collection of common medical terms and concepts can help you better understand this fascinating side of science and art. The... necronomicon of medicine.
Action Potentials [ microbiology ]An electrical impulse that travels from one end of a cell to another after which it jumps onto another neighboring cell. Action potentials represent the way information is stored in the cortex and are born from an ionic imbalance of the cellular membrane.
Blight [ microbiology ]A blight is an infectious symptom affecting plants resulting in browning, chlorosis and eventual death of the organism. It is sometimes, incorrectly, used in the context of a non-plant species.
Cells [ microbiology ]The building blocks of all life.A cell is the smallest unit of life that has the ability to self replicate. The inside of a cell is made up of components called organelles which are similar in function to the organs of a human body. Cells are generally split in two big categories:
Eukaryotes (most animals and plants are made of these)
Prokaryotes (bacteria and archaea usually make up this category)
Neuron [ microbiology, neurology ]One of the most prominent and important cell of the nervous system, both the central and the peripheral one. Its primary function is that of information relay via electrical signals.
Oligodendrocyte [ microbiology, neurology ]The cell responsible for myelin sheath generation in the central nervous system. As such, they present a support and insulation function, not unlike Schwan cells.