Definition of "synapse" []

  • The junction across which a nerve impulse passes from an axon terminal to a neuron, muscle cell, or gland cell. (noun)
  • To form a synapse. (verb-intransitive)
  • To undergo synapsis. (verb-intransitive)

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Use "synapse" in a sentence
  • "By NowhereBob, January 29, 2010 @ 10: 02 am re face recognition, dodgy synapse is saying either Smithsonian Museum or Brit Museum had such."
  • "The synapse is a mechanism that allows amazingly rapid communication between cells, and I don't see any major leap between co-opting an ensemble of proteins that senses the environment for sensing of signals from other cells."
  • "During the following two years I learned, with Dale Purves, that the neuromuscular synapse is also a good model for studying long-term changes in chemical and electrical excitability."