What does refractory period mean?

Definitions for refractory period
re·frac·to·ry pe·ri·od

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word refractory period.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. refractory period(noun)

    (neurology) the time after a neuron fires or a muscle fiber contracts during which a stimulus will not evoke a response

Wiktionary

  1. refractory period(Noun)

    The period, after excitation, during which a membrane recovers it polarization and is not able to respond to a second stimulus

  2. refractory period(Noun)

    a recovery phase after orgasm during which it is physiologically impossible for an individual to have additional orgasms

Freebase

  1. Refractory period

    Refractoriness is the fundamental property of any object of autowave nature not to respond on stimuli, if the object stay in the specific refractory state. In common sense, refractory period is the characteristic recovery time, a period of time that is associated with the motion of the image point on the left branch of the isocline. In physiology, a refractory period is a period of time during which an organ or cell is incapable of repeating a particular action, or the amount of time it takes for an excitable membrane to be ready for a second stimulus once it returns to its resting state following an excitation. It most commonly refers to electrically excitable muscle cells or neurons. Absolute refractory period corresponds to depolarisation and repolarisation, whereas relative refractory period corresponds to hyperpolarisation.

How to pronounce refractory period?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say refractory period in sign language?

  1. refractoryperiod

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of refractory period in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of refractory period in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Images & Illustrations of refractory period

  1. refractory period


Translations for refractory period

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for refractory period »

Translation

Find a translation for the refractory period definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Український (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Discuss these refractory period definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"refractory period." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 9 Apr. 2020. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/refractory+period>.

Are we missing a good definition for refractory period? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for refractory period:


Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.