postsynaptic

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adjective post·syn·ap·tic \ˌpōs(t)-sə-ˈnap-tik\

Definition of postsynaptic

  1. 1 :  occurring after synapsis a postsynaptic chromosome

  2. 2 :  of, occurring in, or being a nerve cell by which a wave of excitation is conveyed away from a synapse a postsynaptic membrane

postsynaptically

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First Known Use of postsynaptic

1909


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postsynaptic

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adjective post·syn·ap·tic \ˌpōst-sə-ˈnap-tik\

Medical Definition of postsynaptic

  1. 1:  occurring after synapsis a postsynaptic chromosome

  2. 2:  relating to, occurring in, or being part of a neuron that receives a nerve impulse after it has crossed a synapse postsynaptic dopamine receptors At a synapse, information in the form of chemicals called neurotransmitters flows from the so-called presynaptic cell to one dubbed the postsynaptic cell.—Joe Z. Tsien, Scientific American, April 2000

postsynaptically

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