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Refractory Period, Electrophysiological

"Refractory Period, Electrophysiological" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

The period of time following the triggering of an ACTION POTENTIAL when the CELL MEMBRANE has changed to an unexcitable state and is gradually restored to the resting (excitable) state. During the absolute refractory period no other stimulus can trigger a response. This is followed by the relative refractory period during which the cell gradually becomes more excitable and the stronger impulse that is required to illicit a response gradually lessens to that required during the resting state.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Refractory Period, Electrophysiological" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Refractory Period, Electrophysiological" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 19 publications over 15 distinct years, with a maximum of 2 publications in 1990 and 2000 and 2003 and 2013
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