definitions
  • synonyms

excitatory postsynaptic potential

[ ĭk-sītə-tôr′ē ]

n.

A local change in the depolarization produced in the postsynaptic neuronal membrane in response to an excitatory impulse; summation of these depolarizations can lead to discharge of an impulse by the neuron.

RELATED CONTENT

READ MORE

Nearby words

excitable area, excitant, excitation, excitation wave, excitative, excitatory postsynaptic potential, excite, excited, excited state, excitement, exciter
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.