Dictionary > Postsynaptic

Postsynaptic

Definition
adjective
(1) Of or pertaining to or being on the receiving end of a discharge across a synapse.
(2) Pertaining to or relating to the distal side of a synapse.
Supplement
The term is used especially to refer to a receiving or distal side of a synapse such as a postsynaptic cell, which can be a nerve cell (neuron), a muscle cell or a secretory (gland) cell.
Word origin: post- (behind, after) + synaptic » synapse.
Compare: presynaptic

See also: synapse.
Related terms:


You will also like...

Human perception in action
Human Perception – Neurology

This tutorial investigates perception as two people can interpret the same thing differently. Know more about human perc..

Ecological Research Measuring & Analysis
Ecological Research: Measuring & Analysis

This lesson is about the methods used for ecological research, such as quadrat and transect sampling, canopy fogging, an..

Endemic Flora of New Zealand
New Zealand’s Unique Flora

If New Zealand has lots of unique animals, it's also got a whole lot of unique plants. Find out more about some of them,..

Mātauranga Māori and Science Collaboration
Mātauranga Māori and Science

Mātauranga Māori is the living knowledge system of the indigenous people of New Zealand, including the relationships t..

takahē
Takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri)

Meet the colorful takahē, an extremely rare flightless bird. Find out more about its unique features and why they matte..

Balanced Diet
A Balanced Diet – Minerals and Proteins

Proteins and minerals can be derived from various dietary sources. They are essential for the proper growth and developm..