neurotransmitter

noun

neu·​ro·​trans·​mit·​ter ˌnu̇r-ō-tran(t)s-ˈmi-tər How to pronounce neurotransmitter (audio)
-tranz-,
ˌnyu̇r-
: a substance (such as norepinephrine or acetylcholine) that transmits nerve impulses across a synapse

Examples of neurotransmitter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among its many properties, albuterol can stabilize the neurotransmitter at that junction between nerve and muscle so that the command reliably gets through to the muscle. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, 5 June 2024 Well, the story is more complicated than one neurotransmitter per nerve cell. Steven Strogatz, Quanta Magazine, 23 May 2024 The main neurotransmitter of these glutamate neurons is glutamate, serotonin, serotonin, GABA, GABA. Steven Strogatz, Quanta Magazine, 23 May 2024 This neurological activation prompts the release of dopamine, the 'feel-good' neurotransmitter, enhancing mood, increasing motivation, and sharpening attention. Anna Nordseth, Discover Magazine, 22 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for neurotransmitter 

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Word History

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of neurotransmitter was in 1961

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“Neurotransmitter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neurotransmitter. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

neurotransmitter

noun
neu·​ro·​trans·​mit·​ter ˌn(y)u̇r-ō-tran(t)s-ˈmit-ər How to pronounce neurotransmitter (audio)
-tranz-
: a substance (as acetylcholine) that carries a nerve impulse from one neuron to another across a synapse

Medical Definition

neurotransmitter

noun
neu·​ro·​trans·​mit·​ter ˌn(y)u̇r-ō-tran(t)s-ˈmit-ər, -tranz- How to pronounce neurotransmitter (audio)
: a substance (as norepinephrine or acetylcholine) that transmits nerve impulses across a synapse see false neurotransmitter

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