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relative refractory period

variants: also

relative refractory phase

Medical Definition of relative refractory period

  1. :  the period shortly after the firing of a nerve fiber when partial repolarization has occurred and a greater than normal stimulus can stimulate a second response—compare absolute refractory period

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