Definition of refractory period in English:

refractory period

Syllabification: re·frac·to·ry pe·ri·od

noun

Physiology
A period immediately following stimulation during which a nerve or muscle is unresponsive to further stimulation.
More example sentences
  • The refractory period, the period following orgasm during which the person cannot be sexually aroused, lengthens.
  • These actions are attributed to binding with nociceptors, which causes a period of enhanced sensitivity followed by a refractory period of reduced sensitivity.
  • One pathway is relatively fast and has a long refractory period; the other pathway is slow with a short refractory period.

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