Definition of synapse
: the point at which a nervous impulse passes from one neuron to another
Recent Examples of synapse from the Web
Your synapses will be safe once again when the British mentalist Derren Brown hangs up his tailcoat and blindfold.
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.
One, called SHANK3, is involved in the formation of synapses — the connections between brain cells.
At least until researchers find a way to hack into the network of synapses that comprise the brain.
Vision 2030.’ SoftBank’s Vision Fund was announced publicly in October and Son’s deal-making synapses have been firing even before the fund closed.
SMA symptoms might be reduced by restoring synaptic activity A study conducted in a mouse model of spinal muscular atrophy suggests that symptoms might be reduced by increasing the activity of synapses between sensory and motor neurons.
Synapses—the cell-to-cell links that serve as the bits of the brain’s operating system—play an important role too.
Over time, even their brain cells, synapses, blood flow and nervous systems start to be impaired.
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Origin and Etymology of synapse
New Latin synapsis, from Greek, juncture, from synaptein to fasten together, from syn- + haptein to fasten
First Known Use: 1899See Words from the same year
Definition of synapse
1 : to form a synapse
2 : to come together in synapsis
First Known Use of synapse
SYNAPSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of synapse for English Language Learners
biology : the place where a signal passes from one nerve cell to another
SYNAPSE Defined for Kids
Definition of synapse for Students
: the point at which a nerve impulse passes from one nerve cell to another
Medical Definition of synapse
: to form a synapse or come together in synapsis
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