Histology Trivia

The human body has between 50 trillion and 100 trillion cells...and you have to learn to identify them all.

The speed at which a nervous impulse is transmitted depends on the type of fiber. It varies from 2 miles per hour to 200 miles per hour.

histology world neuron


The speed at which a nervous impulse is transmitted also depends on which reference book you use.


The word histology is from the Greek root of "histos" which means tissue, and "logos" which means study of.


Robert Hooke saw and named "cells" from seeing them in a piece of cork.


histology microscope

Anton van Leeuwenhoek is considered the father of microbiology and inventor of an early microscope. He got his start in a dry good stores using magnifying glasses to more readily see and count the threads in cloth.


Cords of Billroth derives its name from Christian Albert Theodor Billroth. He is thought to be one of the foremost originators or modern abdominal surgery.


The body of knowledge about cells currently doubles about every seven years.

In 1906, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was shared by two histologists, Camillo Golgi and Santiago Ramón y Cajal. It was awarded for work done on the nervous system

histology brain

Prior to Rudolf Virchow's ideas, scientist believed in "spontaneous generation".