refractory-period

refractory period

noun Physiology.
a short period after a nerve or muscle cell fires during which the cell cannot respond to additional stimulation.

Origin:
1875–80

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refractory period
 
n
a period during which a nerve or muscle is incapable of responding to stimulation, esp immediately following a previous stimulation. In an absolute refractory period there is a total inability to respond; in an effectiveorrelative refractory period there is a response to very large stimuli

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refractory period n.
The period that follows effective stimulation, during which excitable tissue fails to respond to a stimulus of threshold intensity.

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refractory period  
The period immediately following the transmission of an impulse in nerve or muscle, in which a neuron or muscle cell regains its ability to transmit another impulse. See more at action potential.
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