end' plate"

1. of the shorter members of a set. Cf. wall plate (def. 3).
2. Cell Biol.a specialized area on the surface of a muscle fiber where a motor neuron makes contact with the muscle, consisting of an irregularly shaped trough into which the terminal portion of the axon fits.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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