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[ree-uhp-teyk] /riˈʌp teɪk/
noun, Physiology
the process by which the presynaptic terminal of a neuron reabsorbs and recycles the molecules of neurotransmitter it has previously secreted in conveying an impulse to another neuron.
Origin of re-uptake
1970-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for reuptake
  • Use of selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors in pregnancy and the risk of birth defects.
  • Bupropion affects the reuptake of the serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine neurotransmitters.
Word Origin and History for reuptake

also re-uptake, by 1977; see re- + uptake (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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