Nissl bodies


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Nissl bodies

[′nis·əl ‚bäd·ēz]
(cell and molecular biology)
Chromophil granules of nerve cells which ultrastructurally are composed of large ribosomes.
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In normal neuronal nuclei, there are numerous Nissl bodies that are associated with the nutritional condition of neurons, and the quantity of Nissl bodies are often used to indicate the neural state [43].
In the central nervous system, the neural cell body undergoes chromatolysis with peripheral shifting of the Nissl bodies (stocked metabolites) and a decrease in their number.