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Medical Term:

critical period



  1. in the first hours after birth, the period of maximum imprintability; the period before and after which imprinting is difficult or impossible;
  2. in animals, a period following birth when the processes underlying the capacity for socialization are activated or stamped in;

Synonym(s): amblyogenic period

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