excitable


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excitable

Physiology (esp of a nerve) ready to respond to a stimulus

excitable

[ek′sīd·ə·bəl]
(biology)
Referring to a tissue or organism that exhibits irritability.
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"I hope so, sir; for the sake of outraged society, I hope so," said the excitable man.
This answer produced a vehement expostulation from my excitable neighbor, to which I paid little attention, being better engaged in reading the handbill.
The more my excitable neighbor tried to dispute with him, the more contemptuously he refused to break silence.
The coach stopped for dinner; and some of our passengers left us, the excitable man with the handbills among the number.
"Holy father, Mithter Jaggerth!" cried my excitable acquaintance, turning white, "don't thay you're again Habraham Latharuth!"
"Huzza for the intrepid Ferguson!" cried one of the most excitable of the enthusiastic crowd.
A good many of the new lock-keepers, especially in the more crowded portions of the river, are excitable, nervous old men, quite unfitted for their post.
Sir Jervis's housekeeper is an excitable woman, and she is fond of wine.
During violent debates this novel kind of bell scarcely sufficed to drown the clamor of these excitable artillerists.
Though a constant one, it is not commonly noticed, and, in the case of an excitable imagination like Cellini's, it would be basis enough for superstition.
One visualizes it as a tract of quivering grey, intelligent without purpose, and excitable without love; as a spirit that has altered before it can be chronicled; as a heart that certainly beats, but with no pulsation of humanity.
After glancing at herself as a comparatively worthless vessel, but still as one of some desert, she besought her to bear in mind that her aforesaid dear and only mother was of a weakly constitution and excitable temperament, who had constantly to sustain afflictions in domestic life, compared with which thieves and robbers were as nothing, and yet never sunk down or gave way to despair or wrath, but, in prize-fighting phraseology, always came up to time with a cheerful countenance, and went in to win as if nothing had happened.