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Excitability

Definition
noun
(physiology)

(1) Irritability; the ability to receive and respond to a stimulus.

(2) The ability of the cell or tissue to generate and sometimes propagate action potentials.
(general) The state or a measure of being excitable.
Supplement
In physiology, the muscle cells, neurons, and endocrine cells are some of the cells with this ability.
Word origin: Latin excit─übilis

Related forms: excitable (adjective), excite (verb).
Synonym:

See also: action potential


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