Definition of Facilitation

1. Noun. The condition of being made easy (or easier). "Social facilitation is an adaptive condition"

Generic synonyms: Condition, Status
Derivative terms: Facilitate

2. Noun. (neurophysiology) phenomenon that occurs when two or more neural impulses that alone are not enough to trigger a response in a neuron combine to trigger an action potential.
Category relationships: Neurophysiology
Generic synonyms: Organic Phenomenon
Derivative terms: Facilitate

3. Noun. Act of assisting or making easier the progress or improvement of something.
Generic synonyms: Aid, Assist, Assistance, Help
Derivative terms: Facilitate, Facilitate

Definition of Facilitation

1. n. The act of facilitating or making easy.

Definition of Facilitation

1. Noun. The act of facilitating or making easy. ¹

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Definition of Facilitation

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Medical Definition of Facilitation

1. Greater effectiveness of synaptic transmission by successive presynaptic impulses, usually due to increased transmitter release. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Facilitation

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facilitated diffusion
facilitated transport
facilitation (current term)
facilitator neuron
facility regulation and control
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Literary usage of Facilitation

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1. A Manual of Psychology by George Frederick Stout (1899)
"facilitation may assume many forms and take place under many diverse conditions. It is an essential characteristic of attention. The nurse whose attention ..."

2. Community Mediation Programs: Developments and Challenges by Daniel McGillis (1999)
"facilitation In addition to using the three traditional dispute resolution techniques, community mediation programs are increasingly becoming involved in ..."

3. Educational Psychology: Briefer Course by Edward Lee Thorndike (1914)
"We may use the terms facilitation, reinforcement, assistance or positive similar change for cases where a strengthening of one bond produces more or less ..."

4. Improving Compliance With Alcoholism Treatment edited by Kathleen Carroll (2000)
"Twelve-Step facilitation Measures of Supervision Although the 12-step facilitation manual was clearly written and easy to follow ..."

5. The American Journal of Psychology by Edward Bradford ( Titchener, Granville Stanley Hall (1918)
"Evans' six observers all gave instances of facilitation. A's reaction to light, under a light-distraction, was inhibited 20 times and facilitated 19 times ..."

6. Psychology: A Study of Mental Life by Robert Sessions Woodworth (1921)
"facilitation AND INHIBITION Not only can the motor area call out ... We see excellent examples of cerebral facilitation and inhibition in the case of the ..."

7. Analytical Psychology: A Practical Manual for Colleges and Normal Schools by Lightner Witmer (1902)
"The facilitation and development of apperception. ... In the facilitation of apperception, thus made evident by the greater number of letters and words ..."

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