Axon Hillock

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Larger neurons have a markedly expanded region at the initial end of the axon. This axon hillock is the site of summation for incoming information. At any given moment, the collective influence of all neurons that conduct impulses to a given neuron will determine whether or not an action potential will be initiated at the axon hillock and propagated along the axon.