Definition of synapse in English:


Syllabification: syn·apse
Pronunciation: /ˈsinˌaps


  • A junction between two nerve cells, consisting of a minute gap across which impulses pass by diffusion of a neurotransmitter.
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    • There, electrical impulses propel vesicles into the cell wall to spray the neurotransmitter into the synapse.
    • This results in a greater quantity of a particular neurotransmitter remaining in the synapse.
    • It's at a synapse that one nerve cell releases chemicals to signal an adjoining nerve cell.


late 19th century: from Greek sunapsis, from sun- 'together' + hapsis 'joining', from haptein 'to join'.

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