Ch. 12 Self-Quiz

What are the subdivisions of the PNS?

somatic, autonomic, enteric

What are the two divisions of the autonomic nervous system?

sympathetic and parasympathetic

T or F: at a chemical synapse between two neurons, the neuron receiving the signal is called the presynaptic neuron and the neuron sending the signal is called the postsynaptic neuron.


T of F: Neurons in the PNS are always capable of repair while those in the CNS are not.


Which of the following are true?
1. The sensory function of the nervous system involves sensory receptors sensing certain changes in the internal and external environments.
2. Sensory neurons receive electrical signals from sensory receptors.
3. The integ

1, 2, 3, 5

What is a neuron's resting potential established and maintained by?

1. differences in both ion concentrations and electrical gradients
2. the fact that there are numerous large, nondiffusible anions in the cytosol and by the sodium-potassium pumps that help to maintain the proper distribution of sodium and potassium

Place the following events in a chemical synapse in the correct order:
1. release of neurotransmitters into the synaptic cleft
2. arrival of nerve impulse at the presynaptic neuron's synaptic end bulb
3. either depolarization or hyper polarization of post

2, 4, 5, 1, 7, 6, 3

several neurons in the brain sending impulses to a single motor neuron that terminates at a neuromuscular junction is an example of a ______ circuit.


Which of the following statements are true?
1. If the excitatory effect is greater than the inhibitory effect but less than the threshold of stimulation, the result is a subthreshold EPSP
2. If the excitatory effect is greater than the inhibitory effect a

1, 2, 3

Which of the following statements are true?
1. The basic types of ion channels are gated, leakage and electrical.
2. Ion channels allow for the development of graded potentials and action potentials.
3. Voltage-gated channels open in response to changes i

2, 3, 4

Which of the following statements are true?
1. The frequency of impulses and number of activated sensory neurons encode differences in stimuli intensity.
2. Larger-diameter axons conduct nerve impulses faster than smaller-diameter ones.
3. Continuous cond

1, 2, 4

Neurotransmitters are removed from the synaptic cleft by:
1. axonal transport
2. diffusion away from the cleft
3. neurosecretory cells
4. enzymatic breakdown
5. cellular uptake

2, 4, 5

neurons with just one process extending from the cell body; are always sensory neurons

unipolar neurons

small phagocytic neuroglia


help maintain an appropriate chemical environment for generation of action potentials by neurons; part of the blood-brain barrier


provide myelin sheath for CNS axons


contain neuronoal cell bodies, dendrites, axon terminals, unmyelinated axons, and neuroglia

gray matter

a cluster of cell bodies within the CNS


form CSF and assist in its circulation; form blood-cerebrospinal barrier

ependymal cells

neurons having several dendrites and one axon; most common neuronal type

multipolar neurons

neurons with one main dendrite and one axon; found in the retina of the eye

bipolar neurons

provide myelin sheath for PNS axons

Schwann cells

support neurons in PNS ganglia

satellite cells

a cluster of neuronal cell bodies located outside the brain and spinal cord


bundles of axons and associated connective tissue and blood vessels in the PNS


extensive neuronal networks that help regulate the digestive system

enteric plexuses

a sequence of rapidly occurring events that decreases and eventually reverses the membrane potential and then restores it to the resting state; nerve impulse

action potential

a small deviation from the resting membrane potential that makes the membrane either more or less polarized

graded potential

period of time when a second action potential can be initiated with a very long stimulus

relative refractory period

the minimum level of depolarization required for a nerve impulse to be generated


the recovery of the resting membrane potential


a neurotransmitter-caused depolarization of the postsynaptic membrane

excitatory postsynaptic potential

a neurotransmitter-caused hyperpolarization of the postsynaptic membrane

inhibitory postsynaptic potential

time during which a neuron cannot produce an action potential even with a very strong stimulus

absolute refractory period

polarization that is less negative than resting level

depolarizing graded potential

results from the buildup of neurotransmitter released simultaneously by several presynaptic end bulbs

spatial summation

hyperpolarization that occurs after the depolarizing phase of an action potential

after-hyperpolarizing phase

polarization that is more negative than the resting level

hyperpolarizing graded potential

results from the buildup of neurotransmitter from the rapid, successive release by a single presynaptic end bulb

temporal summation

part of the neuron that contains the nucleus and organelles

cell body

rough ER in neurons; site of protein synthesis

Nissl bodies

store neurotransmitter

synaptic vesicles

the process that propagates nerve impulses toward another neuron, muscle fiber, or gland cell


the highly branched receiving or input portions of a neuron


a multilayered lipid and protein covering for axons produced by neuroglia

myelin sheath

the outer nucleated cytoplasmic layer of the Schwann cell


first portion of the axon, closest to the axon hillock

initial segment

site of communication between two neurons or between a neuron and an effector cell


form the cytoskeleton of a neuron


gaps in the myelin sheath of an axon

nodes of Ranvier

general term for any neuronal process

nerve fiber

area where the axon joins the cell body

axon hillock

area where nerve impulses arise

trigger zone

the numerous fine processes at the ends of an axon and its collaterals

axon terminals

interstitial fluid-filled space separating two neurons

synaptic cleft