from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The junction across which a nerve impulse passes from an axon terminal to a neuron, muscle cell, or gland cell.
  • intransitive v. To form a synapse.
  • intransitive v. To undergo synapsis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The junction between the terminal of a neuron and either another neuron or a muscle or gland cell, over which nerve impulses pass.
  • v. To form a synapse.
  • v. To undergo synapsis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same. as synapsis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


Greek sunapsis, point of contact, from sunaptein, to join together : sun-, syn- + haptein, to fasten.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek σύναψις (sunapsis, "conjunction"), from συνάπτω (sunaptō, "to clasp"). (Wiktionary)


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