synaptic

adjective

syn·​ap·​tic sə-ˈnap-tik How to pronounce synaptic (audio)
1
: of or relating to a synapsis
2
: of or relating to a synapse
synaptically adverb

Examples of synaptic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And people who have moderate to severe depression show reductions in various parts of the brain in synaptic density, which tells us that these synapses are being eliminated. Steven Strogatz, Quanta Magazine, 23 May 2024 Their hypothesis was simple: The participants who took the drug instead of the placebo would show more synaptic density. WIRED, 26 Oct. 2023 Tracing them would map out the brain’s synapses, allowing scientists to measure synaptic density. WIRED, 26 Oct. 2023 Then in 2016, researchers developed a way to detect synaptic activity in live human brains during PET scans. WIRED, 26 Oct. 2023 What’s more, the researchers highlighted a difference in gene expression that promoted synaptic plasticity, which is the ability of neurons to strengthen brain connections. Popular Science, 12 Oct. 2023 An ever-expanding array of camera angles picks up the almost synaptic connections that are sparked between individual musicians. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 19 Sep. 2023 Newborn dentate gyrus neurons might be expected to have enhanced synaptic plasticity for over a year in primates and even longer in humans. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 30 Jan. 2019 Magnesium, an essential mineral, plays a pivotal role in brain function, encompassing neurotransmitter release and synaptic plasticity. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 11 June 2023

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin synapsis

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of synaptic was in 1895

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“Synaptic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synaptic. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

synaptic

adjective
syn·​ap·​tic
si-ˈnap-tik, British also sī-
1
: of, relating to, or participating in synapsis
synaptic chromosomes
2
: of or relating to a synapse
synaptic transmission
synaptically adverb
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