- The definition of a synapse is the junction between two neurons or nerve cells where there is a small gap that neurotransmitters help nerve impulses to cross.
When a neuron releases a neurotransmitter which then binds to receptors located within the plasma membrane of a cell, initiating an electrical response or exciting or inhibiting the neuron, this is an example of a chemical synapse.
Origin: ModL synapsis: see synapsis
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- To form a synapse.
- To undergo synapsis.
Origin: Greek sunapsis, point of contact, from sunaptein, to join together : sun-, syn- + haptein, to fasten.
synapse - Cultural Definition
A gap between two nerve cells. Nerve signals are sent across the gap by neurotransmitters.
synapse - Medical Definition
synapse - Science Definition
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