Definition: The microscopic gap that serves as a communications link between neurons. Synapses also occur between neurons by means of chemical neurotransmitters. It prevents the charge speeding down the axon from jumping to the next cell.

Quite Simply

  • "The junction between two neurons (axon-to-dendrite) or between a neuron and a muscle" - WordNetWeb
  • The space between nerve cells.
  • The gap allowing communication between neurons and muscles or glands.
  • A small gap that allows info to pass from neuron to neuron.
  • Where chemical messages are sent.

Functions of Synapses

  • To transmit neurotransmitters back and forth between the axons and dendrites.
  • To send messages between other neurons.
  • Synapse


Addition Information:

The Synapse

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