syn·​ap·​tic | \ sə-ˈnap-tik How to pronounce synaptic (audio) \

Definition of synaptic

1 : of or relating to a synapsis
2 : of or relating to a synapse

Other Words from synaptic

synaptically \ sə-​ˈnap-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce synaptic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of synaptic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But little more than a day later, the synaptic connections in his brain had began to function enough that his body moved again. Jessica Bartlett,, 9 Sep. 2022 And the events at the synaptic terminals when the action potential reaches the end of the axon are completely different than what is taking place in either the dendrites or the axon. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 Anxiety, joy, and lovelorn regrets slipping away, its synaptic tangles pruned branch by branch. Django Gold, The New Yorker, 6 Aug. 2022 There will be blood tests soon that measure tau levels that reflect the brain tangles, and indicators of neuroinflammation, synaptic malfunction and metabolism. WSJ, 9 June 2022 The pileups appear to promote amyloid buildup as well as synaptic loss. Dominique Mosbergen, WSJ, 22 May 2022 Think of this synaptic plasticity as the mechanism by which the strength of information flow in these tiny gaps among brain cells is manipulated. Husseini Manji, Scientific American, 14 Sep. 2021 The brain makes those new synaptic connections, creating clarity, new energy, creativity, motivation and focus. Francesca Sipma, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 As history and testament, this group portrait s a feat of performance in its own right, history massaged through an energetic warring of styles and sources and synaptic freeways of association. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of synaptic

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for synaptic

New Latin synapsis

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syn·​ap·​tic | \ si-ˈnap-tik, British also sī- \

Medical Definition of synaptic

1 : of, relating to, or participating in synapsis synaptic chromosomes
2 : of or relating to a synapse synaptic transmission

Other Words from synaptic

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


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