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refractory period



  1. the period following effective stimulation, during which excitable tissue such as heart muscle and nerve fails to respond to a stimulus of threshold intensity (excitability is depressed);
  2. a period of temporary psychophysiologic resistance to further sexual stimulation that occurs immediately following orgasm.

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