Definitions for synaptic transmission

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word synaptic transmission

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Synaptic Transmission

    The communication from a NEURON to a target (neuron, muscle, or secretory cell) across a SYNAPSE. In chemical synaptic transmission, the presynaptic neuron releases a NEUROTRANSMITTER that diffuses across the synaptic cleft and binds to specific synaptic receptors, activating them. The activated receptors modulate specific ion channels and/or second-messenger systems in the postsynaptic cell. In electrical synaptic transmission, electrical signals are communicated as an ionic current flow across ELECTRICAL SYNAPSES.

Images & Illustrations of synaptic transmission


Find a translation for the synaptic transmission definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these synaptic transmission definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"synaptic transmission." STANDS4 LLC, 2016. Web. 7 Feb. 2016. < transmission>.

Are we missing a good definition for synaptic transmission? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for synaptic transmission:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.