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, in the meaning defined above

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refractory period

noun

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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