Term: oligodendrocyte myelin sheath
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Name: oligodendrocyte
Synonyms: oligodendroglia
Definition: A class of large neuroglial (macroglial) cells in the central nervous system. Form the insulating myelin sheath of axons in the central nervous system.
Ontology: Anatomy Ontology [ZFA:0009076]
Name: myelin sheath
Synonyms: astrocyte sheath, oligodendrocyte myelin sheath, Schwann cell myelin sheath
Definition: An electrically insulating fatty layer that surrounds the axons of many neurons. It is an outgrowth of glial cells: Schwann cells supply the myelin for peripheral neurons while oligodendrocytes supply it to those of the central nervous system.
Ontology: GO: Cellular Component [GO:0043209]   QuickGO   AmiGO