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 of synapseModern Latin synapsis: see synapsis
intransitive verbsyn·apsed, syn·aps·ing, syn·aps·es
- To form a synapse.
- To undergo synapsis.
Origin of synapseGreek sunapsis point of contact from sunaptein to join together sun- syn- haptein to fasten
(third-person singular simple present synapses, present participle synapsing, simple past and past participle synapsed)
From Ancient Greek ÏƒÏÎ½Î±ÏˆÎ¹Ï‚ (sunapsis, “conjunction"), from ÏƒÏ…Î½Î¬Ï€Ï„Ï‰ (sunaptÅ, “to clasp").