Skip to Content
Medical Term:

gate-control theory


Definition: a theory to explain the mechanism of pain; small-fiber afferent stimuli, particularly pain, entering the substantia gelatinosa can be modulated by large-fiber afferent stimuli and descending spinal pathways so that their transmission to ascending spinal pathways is blocked (gated).

Synonym(s): gate-control hypothesis

© Copyright 2016 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review Date: Sep 19, 2016.