- absolute refractory period
- absolute refractory period n the period immediately following the firing of a nerve fiber when it cannot be stimulated no matter how great a stimulus is applied called also absolute refractory phase compare RELATIVE REFRACTORY PERIOD
* * *the portion of the refractory period when a nerve or muscle fiber cannot respond to a stimulus, as contrasted with the relative refractory period. Called also effective refractory p.
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