negative feedback


: feedback that tends to dampen a process by applying the output against the initial conditions

Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of negative feedback was in 1934

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“Negative feedback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Medical Definition

negative feedback

: feedback that tends to stabilize a process by reducing its rate or output when its effects are too great
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