spontaneous recovery

noun

Definition of spontaneous recovery

: reappearance of an extinguished conditioned response without positive reinforcement

Examples of spontaneous recovery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sales of headache medicines—and spontaneous recovery rates—also spike when barometric pressure drops, the researchers say. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 6 Apr. 2021 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, 24 Sep. 2018

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1943, in the meaning defined above

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“Spontaneous recovery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spontaneous%20recovery. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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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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