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What is the function of motor neurons in the spinal cord?

How many muscle fibers are there in a motor neuron?

  • Their cell bodies are in the ventral horn of the spinal cord and they are sometimes called ventral horn cells. A single motor neuron may synapse with 150 muscle fibers on average. The motor neuron and all of the muscle fibers to which it connects is a motor unit.

What are interneurons in the spinal cord?

  • Interneurons As the name suggests, interneurons are the ones in between - they connect spinal motor and sensory neurons. As well as transferring signals between sensory and motor neurons, interneurons can also communicate with each other, forming circuits of various complexity. They are multipolar, just like motor neurons.

Where do axons from upper and lower motor neurons synapse?

  • Axons from upper motor neurons synapse onto interneurons in the spinal cord and occasionally directly onto lower motor neurons. The axons from the lower motor neurons are efferent nerve fibers that carry signals from the spinal cord to the effectors.

image-What is the function of motor neurons in the spinal cord?
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