synaptosome

[sĭ-năptə-sōm′]

n.

A saclike structure containing synaptic vesicles and mitochondria, which breaks away from axon terminals when brain tissue is homogenized under controlled conditions.

Nearby words

  1. synaptic cleft,
  2. synaptic conduction,
  3. synaptic gap,
  4. synaptic vesicle,
  5. synaptinemal complex,
  6. synarchy,
  7. synarthrodia,
  8. synarthrodial,
  9. synarthrodial joint,
  10. synarthrophysis


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