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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: rē-krūt′mĕnt


  1. In the testing of hearing, the abnormally greater increase in loudness in response to increments in intensity of the acoustic stimulus in an ear with a sensory hearing loss compared with that of a normal ear.
  2. In neurophysiology, the activation of additional neurons (spatial recruitment) or an increase in their firing rate (temporal recruitment).
  3. The adding of parallel channels of flow in any system.

Synonym(s): recruiting response

[Fr. recrutement, fr. L. re-cresco, pp. -cretus, to grow again]

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