neu·​ro·​trans·​mis·​sion | \ ˌnu̇r-ō-tran(t)s-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce neurotransmission (audio) , -tranz-, ˌnyu̇r- \

Definition of neurotransmission

: the transmission of nerve impulses across a synapse

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Recent Examples on the Web To the discerning pharmacologist, LSD is a diamond without equal — a notoriously psychoactive drug with muted physiological effects that is capable of potent and prolonged activation of serotonin and dopamine neurotransmission receptors. Shlomi Raz, STAT, "Transforming psychedelics into mainstream medicines," 7 Jan. 2020 Research has shown that your brain undergoes a natural detoxifying process in the wee hours of the night, removing harmful byproducts—like the amyloid plaques that cause Alzheimers—produced during a normal day of neurotransmission. Donavyn Coffey, Popular Science, "How to actually detox," 1 Jan. 2020 In one study, when researchers increased serotonin neurotransmission in the brain, either through diet or drugs, people’s food intake and mood went back to normal. Sara Twogood, Quartz, "The science behind why you crave carbs when you’re on your period," 7 Aug. 2019

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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“Neurotransmission.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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neu·​ro·​trans·​mis·​sion | \ -tran(t)s-ˈmish-ən, -tranz- How to pronounce neurotransmission (audio) \

Medical Definition of neurotransmission

: the transmission of nerve impulses across a synapse

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