from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Excito-motory.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In physiology, exciting muscular contraction; pertaining to reflex action.
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As to the mode of administration of the baths in cases of the class under consideration, the use of both currents is requisite; the galvanic as a nutrient, the faradic as an excito-motor agent.
He believes, however, that the voluntary muscles act in the same relation to the music as the heart -- that is, that cheerful, happy music affects the excito-motor nerves, sets up a vibration in those nerves which produces cheer and good feeling; while sad, morbid music plays along the depressant nerves and produces sadness and depression.
The idea of a pleasant taste, for example, will make the mouth water, and the sensation thus created will stimulate, through the inferior excito-motor centre, the action of the stomach.
But if administered during the progress of fevers or acute general disease, while it thus quiets the patient's restlessness and lessens his consciousness of suffering, it also directly diminishes the vasomotor and excito-motor nerve forces with slight reduction of temperature, and steadily diminishes both the tissue metabolism and the excretory products, thereby favoring the retention in the system of both the specific causes of disease and the natural excretory materials which should have been eliminated through the skin, lungs, kidneys and other glandular organs.
"The whole nervous system of invertebrated animals, then, may be regarded as ministering entirely to _automatic_ action; and its highest development, as in the class of insects, is coincident with the highest manifestations of the 'instinctive' powers, which, when carefully examined, are found to consist entirely in movements of the excito-motor and sensori-motor kinds.
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