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self-stimulation Syllabification: self-stim·u·la·tion

Definition of self-stimulation in English:


1Used euphemistically to refer to masturbation.
2 Physiology A phenomenon that occurs in the hypothalamus and other areas of the brain, in which the propagation of electrical stimulation has positive reinforcing properties that act to maintain and perpetuate the impulses.
Example sentences
  • In intracranial self-stimulation, animals work to electrically stimulate a particular brain area.
  • Following a minimum recovery period of three days, the animals were screened for self-stimulation using conventional shaping procedures.
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