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Chemical synapse

Definition

noun, plural: chemical synapses

A specialized cell-to-cell junction where nerve impulse is transmitted in one direction, from one neuron to another or from a neuron to a non-neuronal cell.


Supplement

Through chemical synapse, a neuron can connect and affect a target cell, which can be another neuron, or a non-neuronal cell such as muscle or gland cell. A neuromuscular junction for instance is a special synapse between a motor neuron and a muscle cell`. In this synapse, the signal is passed along with the release of neurotransmitter by the motor neuron which leads to a cascade of physiologic reactions that ultimately cause the muscle cell to contract.

Aside from chemical synapse, other types of biological synapses are electrical synapse and immunological synapse.


See also: synapse.


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Chemical synapses

you mean how synapses differ in chemical way? Or what is it chemical synapse?

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by JackBean
Sun Aug 12, 2012 12:37 pm
 
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Chemical synapses
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Chemical synapses

... probably fairly basic but im looking to increase my knowledge ; how do chemical synapses differentiate? what makes one chemical synapse different to another? thank you!

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by Katchit
Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:27 am
 
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Chemical synapses
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help about the synapse problem, please

... help me with this. thanks "Design an experiment to test whether a synapse between two neurons is electrical or chemical"

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by Lovespell
Wed Nov 01, 2006 4:00 pm
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: help about the synapse problem, please
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