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 In a final set of experiments, as an indirect test that HVC was inhibited while hearing the partner, the birds were anesthetized with a substance that blocks inhibitory neurotransmission in the brain. Melissa J. Coleman, Scientific American, 13 July 2021 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, 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, 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, 7 Aug. 2019

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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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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