spontaneous recovery

noun

Definition of spontaneous recovery 

: reappearance of an extinguished conditioned response without positive reinforcement

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In both studies, the patients needed the stimulator to be on to walk, helping to rule out the idea that this was spontaneous recovery. Carolyn Y. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Paralyzed people are beginning to walk with a new kind of therapy," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of spontaneous recovery

1943, in the meaning defined above

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spontaneous recovery

noun

Medical Definition of spontaneous recovery 

: reappearance of an extinguished conditioned response without positive reinforcement

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