refractory period

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refractory period

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(Physiology) 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 effective or relative refractory period there is a response to very large stimuli
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Noun1.refractory period - (neurology) the time after a neuron fires or a muscle fiber contracts during which a stimulus will not evoke a response
neurology - the branch of medical science that deals with the nervous system
biological time - the time of various biological processes
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