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DENDRITE. Dendrites are the receiving end of the neuron.

The drawing at the right shows the dendrites converging on the cell body and axon of the neuron. Information flows from the dendrites toward the axon, and in the process they sum all the signals they get.

Most neurons have several dendrites, which may branch many times and often spread out over a considerable area. They are covered with synapses (functional connections between neurons) from (on the average) 1,000s of other neurons. These features, together with the special properties of their cell membrane, let them integrate (collect and combine) information from many other neurons.