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Generator potential

Definition
noun
A graded response to a stimulus, or a graded depolarization induced in the terminal of a sensory receptor, which after achieving a certain level (firing threshold), is capable of producing an action potential in the afferent axon in the nearby sensory neuron.
Supplement
All receptors except those for vision, hearing, equilibrium, and taste, create generator potential.


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