refractory period

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refractory period (plural refractory periods)

  1. (biology) The period, after excitation, during which a membrane recovers its polarization and is not able to respond to a second stimulus.
  2. A recovery phase after orgasm, during which it is physiologically impossible for an individual to have additional orgasms.

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