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Meaning of end plate

end' plate"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. one of the shorter members of a set. Cf. wall plate (def. 3).
  2. 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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