absolute refractory period

noun

Medical Definition of absolute refractory period

: the period immediately following the firing of a nerve fiber when it cannot be stimulated no matter how great a stimulus is applied

called also absolute refractory phase

— compare relative refractory period

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“Absolute refractory period.” The Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/absolute%20refractory%20phase. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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