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synapsis

[si-nap-sis]
noun, plural syn·ap·ses [si-nap-seez] /sɪˈnæp siz/.
  1. Also called syndesis. Cell Biology. the pairing of homologous chromosomes, one from each parent, during early meiosis.
  2. Physiology. synapse.
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Origin of synapsis

1645–55; < New Latin < Greek sýnapsis junction, equivalent to synap- (stem of synáptein to make contact, equivalent to syn- syn- + (h)áptein to touch) + -sis -sis
Related formssyn·ap·tic [si-nap-tik] /sɪˈnæp tɪk/, syn·ap·ti·cal, adjectivesyn·ap·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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  • Synaptic cells summed and integrated, cancelled and compared and with saucy assurance sent the findings on toward Cumulative.

  • One thing remained, unasked and unbeknownst, grooved with synaptic permanence in their burgeoning brains.

    The Beginning

    Henry Hasse

  • Time-travel always raises the synaptic delay threshold, but the trouble is it's so variable.

    The Ego Machine

    Henry Kuttner


British Dictionary definitions for synaptic

synaptic

synaptical

adjective
  1. of or relating to a synapse
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Derived Formssynaptically, adverb

synapsis

noun plural -ses (-siːz)
  1. cytology the association in pairs of homologous chromosomes at the start of meiosis
  2. another word for synapse
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from Greek sunapsis junction, from sunaptein to join together, from syn- + haptein to connect
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Word Origin and History for synaptic

adj.

1895, used as an adj. corresponding to synapsis, from Greek synaptikos, literally "connective, copulative."

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synapsis

n.

plural synapses, 1895 in biology, Modern Latin, from Greek synapsis "connection, junction" (see synapse).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

synaptic in Medicine

synaptic

(sĭ-năptĭk)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to synapsis or a synapse.
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synapsis

(sĭ-năpsĭs)
n. pl. syn•ap•ses (-sēz)
  1. The side-by-side association of homologous paternal and maternal chromosomes during early meiotic prophase.
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