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excitative

[ik-sahy-tuh-tiv] /ɪkˈsaɪ tə tɪv/
adjective
1.
tending to excite.
Also, excitatory
[ik-sahy-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪkˈsaɪ təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of excitative
1480-1490
1480-90; < Middle French excitatif < Latin excitāt- (see excitation) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
nonexcitative, adjective
nonexcitatory, adjective
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  • excitatory physiological reaction is, as we know, abolished temporarily by the action of excessive cold.

  • This intervention of an excitatory, stimulating, or liberating energy is universal.

    The Mechanism of Life Stphane Leduc
  • I have shown that the midday closure of leaflets is brought about by the excitatory action of strong sunlight.

  • The excitatory movement will now be the erection of the petiole, against gravity.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • According to this view the excitatory fall of the leaf is a passive, rather than an active, movement.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • The excitatory reaction of the upper half is by contraction, and the response is, therefore, the lifting of the petiole.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • There is a responsive reaction which is opposite to the excitatory change described above.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • The conduction of excitation consists, on the other hand, of propagation of excitatory protoplasmic change.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • The upper side of a horizontally laid shoot is found to undergo an excitatory change of galvanometric negativity.

  • In the present case, the velocity of the excitatory negative impulse is 1.1 mm.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose

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