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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Alteration in excitability and conductivity of a nerve or muscle during the passage of an electric current through it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The variation of the excitability and conductivity of a nerve or muscle as an electric current passes through it

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The modified condition of a nerve, when a constant current of electricity passes through any part of it. See anelectrotonus, and catelectrotonus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to electrical tension.
  • Of, pertaining to, produced by electrotonus.
  • n. The altered state of a nerve or a muscle during the passage of a galvanic current through it.


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