ephapse


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ephapse

 [e-faps´]
a point of lateral contact (other than a synapse) between nerve fibers across which impulses are conducted directly through the nerve membranes. adj., adj ephap´tic.

e·phapse

(ē-faps'),
A place where two or more nerve cell processes (axons and dendrites) touch without forming a typical synaptic contact; some form of neural transmission may occur at such nonsynaptic contact sites.
[G. ephapsis, contact]

ephapse

(ĕ-faps´) electrical synapse.ephap´tic

ephapse

[ef′aps]
Etymology: Gk, ephasis, a touching
a point of lateral contact between nerve fibers across which impulses may be transmitted directly through the cell membranes rather than across a synapse. Compare synapse. ephaptic, adj.

e·phapse

(ē'faps)
A place where two or more nerve cell processes (e.g., axons, dendrites) touch without forming a typical synaptic contact; some form of neural transmission may occur at such nonsynaptic contact sites.
[G. ephapsis, contact]

ephapse

a point of lateral contact (other than a synapse) between nerve fibers across which impulses are conducted directly through the nerve membranes.