polysynaptic

adjective

poly·​syn·​ap·​tic ˌpä-lē-sə-ˈnap-tik How to pronounce polysynaptic (audio)
: involving two or more synapses in the central nervous system
polysynaptic reflexes
polysynaptically adverb

Examples of polysynaptic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These results challenge a key premise in the field: that functional connectivity reflects mono- or polysynaptic communication along structural pathways. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 21 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of polysynaptic was in 1942

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“Polysynaptic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polysynaptic. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

polysynaptic

adjective
poly·​syn·​ap·​tic ˌpäl-i-sə-ˈnap-tik How to pronounce polysynaptic (audio)
: involving two or more synapses in the central nervous system
polysynaptic reflexes
polysynaptically adverb
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