- 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.
Origin of end plate
First recorded in 1875–80
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- The area of synaptic contact between a motor nerve and a muscle fiber.
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