synaptic

adjective
syn·ap·tic | \ sə-ˈnap-tik \

Definition of synaptic 

1 : of or relating to a synapsis

2 : of or relating to a synapse

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Other words from synaptic

synaptically \sə-ˈnap-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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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 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 In an accompanying graphic, the team shows the relative synaptic complexity of several animals. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's Loihi roadmap calls for its brain chips to be as 'smart' as a mouse by 2019," 14 May 2018 But there is something wonderful in the synaptic nimbleness with which people nowadays can plug in all these holes and create a pretty accurate whole other person. Allie Briggs, refinery29.com, "If You've Ever Been In A Texting Relationship, This Novel Is For You," 28 Mar. 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," 22 Mar. 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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The first known use of synaptic was in 1895

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synaptic

adjective
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 \ adverb

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