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end plate

Mining. one of the shorter members of a set.
Compare wall plate (def 3).
Cell Biology. a specialized area on the surface of a muscle fiber where a motor neuron makes contact with the muscle, consisting of an irregularly shaped trough into which the terminal portion of the axon fits.
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1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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end plate or endplate
The area of synaptic contact between a motor nerve and a muscle fiber.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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