a synapticcleft, or synaptic gap, can be found between a neuron and ______.,

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A synapticcleft, or synaptic gap, can be found between a neuron and __. A synapse is the junction of an axon with another neuron’s dendrite or cell body. It is here that neurotransmitters are released from one neuron to affect the next neuron. The word “synapticcleft” comes from combining the words “synapse” and “cleft”. In the human brain, a synapse is usually found at the end of an axon where it branches out to connect with other neurons. The cleft contains neurotransmitters and receptors for these chemicals that help transmit signals from neuron to neuron. These connections are essential in how we learn, think and remember things. When one neuron connects with another through its dendrite or cell body (rather than ending on them), this connection is called a synapticcleft instead of a synapse. Synaptic clefts can also be seen when two axons meet each other but do not touch; they form what’s known as an “axodendritic” or “axo-somatic” apposition which produces chemical activity similar to that

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