long–term potentiation

noun

Definition of long–term potentiation

  1. :  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

First Known Use of long–term potentiation

1969


Medical Dictionary

long–term potentiation

noun

Medical Definition of long–term potentiation

  1. :  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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