postsynaptic

adjective
post·​syn·​ap·​tic | \ ˌpōs(t)-sə-ˈnap-tik How to pronounce postsynaptic (audio) \

Definition of postsynaptic

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

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postsynaptically \ ˌpōs(t)-​sə-​ˈnap-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce postsynaptically (audio) \ adverb

First Known Use of postsynaptic

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Postsynaptic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/postsynaptic. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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postsynaptic

adjective
post·​syn·​ap·​tic | \ ˌpōst-sə-ˈnap-tik How to pronounce postsynaptic (audio) \

Medical Definition of postsynaptic

1 : occurring after synapsis a postsynaptic chromosome
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

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postsynaptically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce postsynaptically (audio) \ adverb

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