Nervous tissue contains cells that receive and transmit messages in the form of electrical impulses. These cells, called neurons (NOO-rahnz), are specialized to send and receive messages throughout the body. Nervous tissue makes up your brain, spinal cord, and nerves. It is also found in parts of sensory organs, such as the retina in your eye. Some nervous tissue senses changes in the internal and external environment. Other nervous tissue interprets the meaning of sensory information. Still other types of nervous tissue cause the body to move in response to sensory information. Coordination of voluntary and involuntary activities and regulation of some body processes are also accomplished by nervous tissue. Figure 45-1b, on the following page, shows an illustration of cells of nervous tissue.
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