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Resting Potential of a Neuron

Topic: Physiology

Created on Monday, September 1 2014 by jdmiles

Last modified on Monday, September 1 2014.

What is the approximate resting potential of a human neuron?

 
        A) 42 mV
 
        B) -65 mV
 
        C) -90 µV
 
        D) 65 mV
 
        E) -42mV
 

 


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A) 42 mV

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A human neuron's resting potential is approximately -65 mV. The cell is more electrically negative on the inside of the cell membrane (that is, in the cytoplasm) compared to the outside (the extracellular fluid).  (See References)

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B) -65 mV

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A human neuron's resting potential is approximately -65 mV. The cell is more electrically negative on the inside of the cell membrane (that is, in the cytoplasm) compared to the outside (the extracellular fluid).  (See References)

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C) -90 µV

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A human neuron's resting potential is approximately -65 mV. Note that the cell's resting potential is on the order of -65 milivolts (mV), not microvolts (µV).  (See References)

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D) 65 mV

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A human neuron's resting potential is approximately -65 mV. The cell is more electrically negative on the inside of the cell membrane (that is, in the cytoplasm) compared to the outside (the extracellular fluid).  (See References)

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E) -42mV

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A human neuron's resting potential is approximately -65 mV. The cell is more electrically negative on the inside of the cell membrane (that is, in the cytoplasm) compared to the outside (the extracellular fluid).  (See References)

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References:

1. John Nolte; three-dimentional brain reconstructions by John Sundsten. The human brain: an introduction to its functional anatomy. Philadelphia, PA : Mosby/Elsevier, c2009. (ISBN:0323041310)Advertising:
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Resting Potential of a Neuron
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Created: 09/01/2014
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