verb (used without object), syn·apsed, syn·aps·ing.
Origin of synapse
noun, plural syn·ap·ses [si-nap-seez] /sɪˈnæp siz/.
Origin of synapsis
Examples from the Web for synapses
Contemporary Examples of synapses
And the toxin, which sits in the synapses between neurons, can take weeks to wash out.The Deadliest Botox Has Arrived
October 18, 2013
That three-pound lump of gray matter contains 100 billion neurons and 100 trillion synapses, or connections.How Computers Just Got More Human
September 21, 2011
Historical Examples of synapses
Just pure pain, applied directly to the synapses of his brain.Evil Out of Onzar
The point where the greatest change seems to take place is at the synapses, but what this modification is, no one knows.How to Teach
George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
Thus may be produced growth of axons in certain directions, and synapses of this cell with that.
If the same stimulus be often repeated, the synapses between groups of cells may become permanent.
Many association tracts and synapses are laid down in the central nervous system when the child is born.
noun plural -ses (-siːz)
Word Origin for synapsis
"junction between two nerve cells," 1899, from Greek synapsis "conjunction," from synaptein "to clasp," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + haptein "to fasten." Related to apse. Introduced by English physiologist Sir Michael Foster (1836-1907) at the suggestion of English classical scholar Arthur Woollgar Verral (1851-1912).
plural synapses, 1895 in biology, Modern Latin, from Greek synapsis "connection, junction" (see synapse).