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What is excitatory and inhibitory?
An excitatory transmitter promotes the generation of an electrical signal called an action potential in the receiving neuron, while an inhibitory transmitter prevents it. Whether a neurotransmitter is excitatory or inhibitory depends on the receptor it binds to.
What is the difference between an excitatory and an inhibitory neurotransmitter?
The main difference between excitatory and inhibitory neurons is that the excitatory neurons release neurotransmitters that fire an action potential in the postsynaptic neuron whereas inhibitory neurons release neurotransmitters that inhibit the firing of an action potential.
What’s the difference between excitatory and inhibitory synapses?
Synapses are junctions that allow a neuron to electrically or chemically transmit a signal to another cell. Synapses can either be excitatory or inhibitory. Inhibitory synapses decrease the likelihood of the firing action potential of a cell while excitatory synapses increase its likelihood.
Is depolarization excitatory or inhibitory?
This depolarization is called an excitatory postsynaptic potential (EPSP) and makes the postsynaptic neuron more likely to fire an action potential. Release of neurotransmitter at inhibitory synapses causes inhibitory postsynaptic potentials (IPSPs), a hyperpolarization of the presynaptic membrane.