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Staircase phenomenon

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treppe
A phenomenon in cardiac muscle first observed by H.P. Bowditch; if a number of stimuli of the same intensity are sent into the muscle after a quiescent period, the first few contractions of the series show a successive increase in amplitude (strength).
Synonym: staircase phenomenon.
Origin: Ger. Treppe, staircase


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