Refractory Period

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refractory period

[ri′frak·trē ‚pir·ē·əd]
A brief period of time following the stimulation of a nerve during which the nerve will not respond to a second stimulus.

Refractory Period


a brief period of disappearance or decrease in the excitability of nervous or muscle tissue. The refractory period begins immediately after the tissue’s reaction to a stimulus.

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4) A code spectrum can be considered as a "signature" of its associated network by which some characteristics can be estimated, including the refractory period and weight distribution.
nk] for the kth firing, and after the refractory period ends, it decides whether the integrated value exceeds zero for firing at every time point.
Based on the homologous genital anatomy of men and women, one might anticipate that the refractory period, if it is mediated peripherally, would have an anatomical basis for being present in women, as well as men, but expressed differently.
2002) point out that there are probably other mechanisms involved in the physiological regulation of erection in men post-orgasmically since the male refractory period is typically more on the order of 15 minutes rather than 60 minutes.
The release of prolactin is thought to be largely responsible for the post-orgasmic refractory period seen in men (Kruger et al.
These men do not have a post-orgasmic refractory period and their orgasms are followed by neither detumescence nor hypersensitivity of the glans of the penis.
Based on the foregoing background, we considered it important to determine whether women experience anything like the refractory period that is so well documented in men.
Additionally, it has been shown that a larger volume of ejaculate increases the duration of the female postmating refractory period and hastens the onset of oviposition (Wedell and Arak 1989).
A positive correlation between the duration of the refractory period and the number of eggs laid during this period is also expected as a result of the longer refractory period.
The reproductive variables measured were, apart from male and female body weight, spermatophylax and ampulla weights for males, and duration of the refractory period, egg weight, and number and mass of eggs laid during the refractory period for females.
001), number of eggs laid during the refractory period (r = 0.
These arrhythmias were typically preceded by a brief period of bradycardia, followed by a period of atrial tachycardia or atrial flutter and a rapid fibrillation corresponding to shortening of the atrial refractory period, changes reminiscent of the data obtained during mediastinal nerve stimulation.