Relay neuron

From The School of Biomedical Sciences Wiki
Revision as of 17:55, 4 December 2017 by Nnjm2 (Talk | contribs)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search
A relay neuron (also known as an interneuron) passes signals between neurons.  Relay neurones are only found in the brain, visual system and spinal cord acting to relay signals. They receive a signal from one neuron and then transfer the signal to another interneuron resulting in the signal being passed to a motor neurone thus driving the reaction to the stimulus[1].

These can be differentiated from other neurones by observing their short dendrites and either long or short axons[2].


  1. Becker W., Hardin J., Bertoni G., and Kleinsmith L. (2012) Becker’s World Of The Cell, 8th Edition, San Francisco: Pearson Education. Page 365
  2. The structure and function of sensory, relay and motor neurons. [Internet]. Psychology Hub. 2017 [cited 3 December 2017]. Available from:
Personal tools