Glossary of Terms
Methylprednisolone - A powerful steroid administered in the hours immediately after a spinal cord injury to limit harmful inflammation. It is the only approved treatment for acute spinal cord injury.
Microglia - Tiny immune system scavenger cells that remove debris from the brain and spinal cord.
Midline – 1) - A line of cells, running from top to bottom, down the center of an embryo. 2) An imaginary line dividing the left and right halves of the body. Motoneurons – Nerve cells that control the muscles.
Myelin - A fatty substance, produced by cells in the central nervous system known as oligodendrocytes. Myelin forms a protective sleeve around axons that enables them to conduct electrical impulses.
Courtesy Christopher Reeve Foundation