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Nervous System

12.3 Synapses

What is a synapses? the specific location where a neuron is functionally connected to either another neuron of an effector
What are the two types of synapses? Chemical and electrical
What are most synapses? Chemical
What is a chemical synapses? one neuron releases neurotransmitter molecules into a small space that is adjacent to another neuron
What is a chemical synapses composed of? a presynaptic neuron and a postsynaptic neuron
What is a presynaptic neuron? the signal producer
What is a postsynaptic neuron? the signal receiver
What is a electrical synapses? mechanical and electrically conductive link between two neighboring neurons that is formed at a narrow gap known as the gap junction
Created by: rpill