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Is a association neuron unipolar

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No, an association neuron (also known as an interneuron) is not unipolar. Unipolar neurons have a single process extending from the cell body, while association neurons have multiple processes (dendrites and axons). Association neurons are responsible for connecting sensory and motor neurons in the central nervous system.

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Association neurons, or interneurons, connect 2 or more neurons and therefore are bipolar or multipolar. An example is the unipolar (or pseudounipolar) sensory neuron that connects, or forms a synapse, with a dorsal horn neuron which is an interneuron that connects with another neuron in the brainstem, i.e. in the geniculate or cuneate nuclei. Interneurons provide a point where information can be modulated, i.e. a stimulus can be excited or inhibited by input from other neurons.

Unipolar neuron cell bodies are located in the dorsal root ganglia that receive afferent information from the periphery and transmit that information to the dorsal horn of the spinal cord. Because most authors report these neurons do not truly have only one process, but have a fused central and peripheral process, they are often referred to as pseudounipolar.

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