synapse

noun
syn·apse | \ ˈsi-ˌnaps , sə-ˈnaps \

Definition of synapse 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the point at which a nervous impulse passes from one neuron to another

synapse

verb
synapsed; synapsing

Definition of synapse (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to form a synapse

2 : to come together in synapsis

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In 2015, Ryan was lead author of a Science paper with MIT Nobelist Susumu Tonegawa that showed memories could be retrieved even after synapse strengthening was blocked. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, "Memory transferred between snails, challenging standard theory of how the brain remembers," 14 May 2018 Residents have voiced displeasure with the synapse-shattering techno music that pounds out of Heart’s rooftop and nearby clubs E11even and Club Space. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "The beat won’t go on for Heart Nightclub, as owners tire of noise fight with neighbors | Miami Herald," 29 Mar. 2018 The sound of church bells and the clatter of feet on cobblestones, even the foreign purr of a diesel engine, calm your synapses. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Leaning into the Clichés of a Tuscan Road Trip," 24 Oct. 2017 Some pharmaceutical companies are also working on a pill that could repair the synapses that get the electrical signal to your brain. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Can't hear? Try a game," 19 Oct. 2017 A giant dangling stainless steel eyeball connected to the ceiling by winding steel synapses is surrounded, mobile-style, by floating literary, scientific and Alaska objects. Tamara Ikenberg, Alaska Dispatch News, "See life and literature through the Portal of Perception," 22 July 2017 Your synapses will be safe again when the British mentalist Derren Brown hangs up his tailcoat and blindfold. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "What’s New in NYC Theater," 22 June 2017 Your synapses will be safe once again when the British mentalist Derren Brown hangs up his tailcoat and blindfold. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "What’s New in NYC Theater," 15 June 2017 Chronic sleep deprivation in mice causes microglia — brain cells that get rid of toxins and clear debris — to eat small pieces of the synapses, the connections that allow neurons to communicate with each other, the study found. Jayne O'donnell, USA TODAY, "Is chronic sleep deprivation impairing President Trump's brain, performance?," 31 May 2017

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First Known Use of synapse

Noun

1899, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for synapse

Noun

New Latin synapsis, from Greek, juncture, from synaptein to fasten together, from syn- + haptein to fasten

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The first known use of synapse was in 1899

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synapse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of synapse

biology : the place where a signal passes from one nerve cell to another

synapse

noun
syn·apse | \ ˈsi-ˌnaps \

Kids Definition of synapse

: the point at which a nerve impulse passes from one nerve cell to another

synapse

noun
syn·apse | \ ˈsin-ˌaps also sə-ˈnaps, chiefly British ˈsī-ˌnaps \

Medical Definition of synapse 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the place at which a nerve impulse passes from one neuron to another

2 : synapsis

synapsed; synapsing

Medical Definition of synapse (Entry 2 of 2)

: to form a synapse or come together in synapsis

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