neu·​ro·​trans·​mis·​sion ˌnu̇r-ō-tran(t)s-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce neurotransmission (audio)
: the transmission of nerve impulses across a synapse

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, nootropic supplements support a range of cerebral functions that help with intracellular signaling, neurotransmission, and molecular processes. Dallas News, 24 Jan. 2023 For example, Omega-3 fatty acids help your brain process emotional behavior and aid serotonin neurotransmission needed to regulate your mood. Ashley Abramson, Health, 23 Jan. 2023 The discovery of taste receptors in the small intestine, however, suggested that there may be a faster, more direct line of communication via neurotransmission. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 6 Jan. 2023 The mechanism is unclear but many speculate that the parasite’s location in such a privileged spot in the brain may affect neuro-immunomodulation and neurotransmission (f). Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 29 Apr. 2011 Others may improve brain health by supporting cerebral functions like molecular processes, neurotransmission, and intracellular signaling. Dallas News, 23 Aug. 2022 Monoaminergic neurotransmission: the history of the discovery of antidepressants from 1950s until today. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 27 Jan. 2016 In middle age, Efim had turned to biophysics, focussing on neurotransmission, and had won the U.S.S.R. State Prize, the highest honor for a Soviet scientist. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, 25 July 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neurotransmission was in 1961

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“Neurotransmission.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


neu·​ro·​trans·​mis·​sion -tran(t)s-ˈmish-ən, -tranz- How to pronounce neurotransmission (audio)
: the transmission of nerve impulses across a synapse
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