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long-term potentiation

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A process necessary for consolidation of certain types of memory traces, occurring prominently in the hippocampus but also in other brain regions, involving cells showing increased sensitivity to new stimulation as a result of prior excitation, believed to be based on Hebb synapses. It is promoted by opiates, noradrenalin (norepinephrine), and dopamine. LTP abbrev. [From Latin potentia power or force + -ation indicating a process or condition]

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