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Coined by Dr Marshall Hall, first introduced on the 8th of March, 1832 in the reading of his paper entitled “On the Inverse Ratio which subsists between Respiration and Irritability in the Animal Kingdom; and on Hybernation” before the Royal Society of London for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge: arterio- + contractile. Despite the initial uptake of this term, it failed to thrive, and is unattested beyond 1835, a mere three years after its coining.
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