long-term potentiation

noun

Definition of long-term potentiation

: a long-lasting strengthening of the response of a postsynaptic nerve cell to stimulation across the synapse that occurs with repeated stimulation and is thought to be related to learning and long-term memory abbreviation LTP

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Recent Examples on the Web One, called long-term potentiation, consists of individual nerves modifying themselves to grow and talk to their neighboring nerves differently. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Human memory: How we make, remember, and forget memories," 4 Mar. 2019 All animals that have long-term memories use this same basic cellular machinery; scientists worked out the details of long-term potentiation by studying California sea slugs. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Human memory: How we make, remember, and forget memories," 4 Mar. 2019

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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“Long-term potentiation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/long-term%20potentiation. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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long-term potentiation

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Medical Definition of long-term potentiation

: a long-lasting strengthening of the response of a postsynaptic nerve cell to stimulation across the synapse that occurs with repeated stimulation and is thought to be related to learning and long-term memory First they repeatedly stimulated hippocampal neurons with an electric current and showed that long-term potentiation had taken place: the neurons were more sensitive to later stimulation, even an hour or more later, and more likely to transmit electric signals to their neighbors.Discover, June 1995 abbreviation LTP

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