refractory period


refractory period

noun

Definition of REFRACTORY PERIOD

:  the brief period immediately following the response especially of a muscle or nerve before it recovers the capacity to make a second response —called also refractory phase

First Known Use of REFRACTORY PERIOD

circa 1880

refractory period

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of REFRACTORY PERIOD

: the brief period immediately following the response especially of a muscle or nerve before it recovers the capacity to make a second response—called also refractory phase; see absolute refractory period, relative refractory period

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