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resting potential

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Definition of resting potential in English:

noun

Physiology
The electrical potential of a neuron or other excitable cell relative to its surroundings when not stimulated or involved in passage of an impulse.
Example sentences
  • The resting potential changes when the cell is stimulated.
  • Oocytes with resting potentials more positive than - 30 mV were discarded.
  • In these conditions the neurons survived for more than a week and kept their resting potentials between - 50 and - 55 mV.

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