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  1. refractory periodnoun

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


  1. refractory periodnoun

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

  2. refractory periodnoun

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


  1. refractory period

    A refractory period refers to a period of time during which an organism or a cell is incapable of repeating a specific action or response, despite being exposed to the same conditions or stimuli that caused the initial response. This period follows an immediate, often high intensity response. It is commonly used in various fields such as biology, psychology, and physiology, often referring to recovery times in neurons, muscles, or sexual arousal. The duration and nature of the refractory period can vary depending on the specific context.


  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.

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  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

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