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

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

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Batista suggests that the changes in the synaptic connections between neurons that would be required for realignment may be too hard to accomplish quickly. Quanta Magazine, "Brains Cling to Old Habits When Learning New Tricks," 27 Mar. 2018 Not completely away, but in a synaptic cabinet beneath my amygdala. Abby Ellin, Marie Claire, "I Almost Married a Con Man," 8 Jan. 2019 These molecules were transcribed from genes involved in synaptic formation that are under-edited in autistic brains and further showed that FMRP1 is required to edit those sites. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Autism involves a large-scale reduction in RNA editing," 21 Dec. 2018 Our brains contain billions of neurons linked through trillions of synaptic connections. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "We Just Discovered 6 New Kinds of Brain Cells," 26 Nov. 2015 This coating, made of a substance called myelin, protects our nerves and speeds up those vital electrical pulses moving from one neuron to the next, kissing across synaptic gaps in a brisk burst of chemicals. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Inward Empire," 27 June 2018 The Neanderoid neurons also make fewer synaptic connections, creating what resembles an abnormal neuronal network. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Exclusive: Neanderthal “minibrains” grown in dish.," 20 June 2018 His exquisite images, still used in textbooks, ignite synaptic charges throughout 20th-century art, from Surrealism onward. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in NYC This Weekend," 29 Mar. 2018 These pulses, and those from other pressure sensor/ring oscillator combos, are fed into a third device called a synaptic transistor, which sends out a series of electrical pulses in patterns that match those produced by biological neurons. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "New artificial nerves could transform prosthetics," 31 May 2018

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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 synaptically (audio) \ adverb

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