Definitions for synapseˈsɪn æps, sɪˈnæps

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

syn•apseˈsɪn æps, sɪˈnæps(n.; v.)-apsed, -aps•ing.

  1. (n.)a region where nerve impulses are transmitted across a small gap from an axon terminal to an adjacent structure, as another axon or the end plate of a muscle. Also called synap′tic gap′. the gap itself.

    Category: Cell Biology

  2. (v.i.)to form a synapse or a synapsis.

    Category: Cell Biology

Origin of synapse:

1895–1900; back formation from synapses, pl. of synapsis

Princeton's WordNet

  1. synapse(noun)

    the junction between two neurons (axon-to-dendrite) or between a neuron and a muscle

    "nerve impulses cross a synapse through the action of neurotransmitters"


  1. synapse(Noun)

    The junction between the terminal of a neuron and either another neuron or a muscle or gland cell, over which nerve impulses pass.

  2. synapse(Verb)

    To form a synapse.

  3. synapse(Verb)

    To undergo synapsis.

  4. Origin: From σύναψις, from συνάπτω.


  1. Synapse

    Synapse Corporation offers taxonomies, software solutions, and professional lexicography and indexing services for businesses and organizations. It offers Synaptica, a knowledge management and indexing software application, which enables enterprises in managing taxonomies, thesauri, classification schemes, authority control files, and indexes. The company services include analysis and strategic planning, software development, systems integration, and training and education programs. Synapse was founded in 1995 and is based in Franktown, Colorado. As of June 29, 2005, Synapse Corporation is a subsidiary of Dow Jones Reuters Business Interactive LLC.


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