Excitability and inhibitability of motoneurons of different sizes.

  title={Excitability and inhibitability of motoneurons of different sizes.},
  author={E Henneman and G Somjen and D. E. O. S. Carpenter},
  journal={Journal of neurophysiology},
  volume={28 3},
IN A RECENT PAPER (7) data were presented which indicate that during a gradually increasing stretch of an extensor muscle in a decerebrate cat the smallest alpha motoneurons of the muscle are the first to be discharged and that larger cells are recruited in order of increasing size. Some of the possible explanations for this relationship between size and order of recruitment were discussed briefly. It was concluded tentatively that the size or surface area of a motoneuron determines its… CONTINUE READING
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