Definition of Action potential

1. Noun. The local voltage change across the cell wall as a nerve impulse is transmitted.

Definition of Action potential

1. Noun. A short term change in the electrical potential that travels along a cell such as a nerve or muscle fiber. ¹

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Medical Definition of Action potential

1. The sequential, electrochemical polarization and depolarisation that travels across the membrane of a nerve cell (neuron) in response to stimulation (touch, pain, cold, etc.) (09 Oct 1997)

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Literary usage of Action potential

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1. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (1903)
"Figure 3 represents a typical potential of lymphatic smooth muscles, onfiguration of the action potential is r to that of smooth muscles in the taenia 1) or ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"... and since the origin of the action potential in Nitella has been established as the plasmalemma, the six cells exhibiting both activities CM -40r sUB -2 ..."

3. The Never-ceasing Search by Francis Otto Schmitt (1990)
"There, the magnitude of the propagated action potential was measured as a ... In the dark the action potential declined to zero in one to two hours, ..."

4. Hearts and Arteries: What Scientists Are Learning About Age and the by Caroline McNeil (1994)
"Researchers studying changes in the action potential think an age-related switching of ... A Longer action potential In addition to the calcium transient, ..."

5. Catalyzing Inquiry at the Interface of Computing And Biology by John C. Wooley, Herbert Lin (2005)
"Rhythmic activity of the nervous system often takes the form of complex bursting oscillations in which intervals of action potential firing and quiescent ..."

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