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synaptosome

Pronunciation: sin-ap'to-som

Definition: Membrane-bound sac containing synaptic vesicles that breaks away from axon terminals when brain tissue is homogenized under controlled conditions; such particles can be separated from other subcellular particles by differential and density gradient centrifugation.

[synapse + G. soma, body]

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