relative refractory period

relative refractory period
relative refractory period n the period shortly after the firing of a nerve fiber when partial repolarization has occurred and a greater than normal stimulus can stimulate a second response called also relative refractory phase compare ABSOLUTE REFRACTORY PERIOD

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the brief period following the absolute refractory period, during which there is repolarization of the cell membrane to the extent that the fiber can respond to a strong stimulus, although the normal resting potential has not been reached.

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