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stimulus

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noun stim·u·lus \ˈstim-yə-ləs\

Simple Definition of stimulus

  • : something that causes something else to happen, develop, or become more active

  • : something that causes a change or a reaction

Full Definition of stimulus

plural stim·u·liplay \-ˌlī, -ˌlē\

  1. :  something that rouses or incites to activity: asa :  incentiveb :  stimulant 1c :  an agent (as an environmental change) that directly influences the activity of a living organism or one of its parts (as by exciting a sensory organ or evoking muscular contraction or glandular secretion)

Examples of stimulus

  1. The pay raise was a stimulus for production.

  2. Heat and light are physical stimuli.

  3. The dog responded to the stimulus of the ringing bell.



Origin of stimulus

Latin


First Known Use: 1684

Rhymes with stimulus


STIMULUS Defined for Kids

stimulus

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noun stim·u·lus \ˈsti-myə-ləs\

Definition of stimulus

plural stim·u·li \-ˌlī, -ˌlē\

  1. 1 :  something that stirs or urges to action <The reward was a stimulus for greater effort.>

  2. 2 :  an influence that acts usually from outside the body to partly change bodily activity (as by exciting a receptor or sense organ) <Light, heat, and sound are common physical stimuli.>




Medical Dictionary

stimulus

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noun stim·u·lus \ˈstim-yə-ləs\

Medical Definition of stimulus

plural stim·u·li \-ˌlī, -ˌlē\play play

  1. 1:  stimulant 1

  2. 2:  an agent (as an environmental change) that directly influences the activity of living protoplasm (as by exciting a sensory organ or evoking muscular contraction or glandular secretion) <a visual stimulus>





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