from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of making easy or easier.
  • n. The state of being made easy or easier.
  • n. Physiology The process of lowering the threshold for propagation of the action potential of a neuron, especially by repeated use of a neural pathway or the summation of two or more subthreshold impulses.

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  • n. The act of facilitating or making easy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of facilitating or making easy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of facilitating or making easy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the condition of being made easy (or easier)
  • n. act of assisting or making easier the progress or improvement of something
  • n. (neurophysiology) phenomenon that occurs when two or more neural impulses that alone are not enough to trigger a response in a neuron combine to trigger an action potential


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  • What are the molecular steps that switch on long-term facilitation and, once switched on, how is it maintained?

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  • The requirement for transcription in long-term facilitation explained why long-term memory requires the synthesis of new proteins.

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