Human Anatomy & Physiology (9th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321743261
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Chapter 11 - Fundamentals of the Nervous System and Nervous Tissue - Review Questions - Page 426: 11


(a) it hyperpolarizes the postsynaptic membrane

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Binding of neurotransmitters at inhibitory synapses reduces a postsynaptic neuron’s ability to generate an AP. Most inhibitory neurotransmitters hyperpolarize the postsynaptic membrane by making the membrane more permeable to K+ or Cl-. This change in membrane permeability hyperpolarizes the postsynaptic membrane.
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