end plate

  1. Mining. one of the shorter members of a set.Compare wall plate(def 3).
  2. 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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British Dictionary definitions for endplate


  1. any usually flat platelike structure at the end of something
  2. physiol the flattened end of a motor nerve fibre, which transmits impulses to muscle
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endplate in Medicine

end plate

  1. The area of synaptic contact between a motor nerve and a muscle fiber.
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