Anelectrotonus

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Anelectrotonus (Physiol) The condition of decreased irritability of a nerve in the region of the positive electrode or anode on the passage of a current of electricity through it.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n anelectrotonus The peculiar condition of a nerve (or muscle) in the neighborhood of the anode of a constant electric current passing through a portion of it. The irritability is diminished, the electrical potentials are increased, and the conductivity for nervous impulses is diminished. The wave of lowered potential which attends a nervous impulse and gives rise to currents of action diminishes in going from a region of greater to one of less anelectrotonus, and increases in going in the opposite direction. The nervous impulse itself presumably behaves in the same way.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Anelectrotonus an′el-ek-trot′on-us (phys.) the diminished excitability of a nerve near the anode of an electric current passing through it
    • n Anelectrotonus a body which readily gives up its electricity
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. up + E. electrotonus,

Usage

In literature:

The increased excitability at the kathode is katelectrotonus, and the lowered excitability at the anode anelectrotonus.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3" by Various
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