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Pronunciation: stim'yu-la'shun


  1. Arousal of the body or any of its parts or organs to increased functional activity.
  2. The condition of being stimulated.
  3. In neurophysiology, the application of a stimulus to a responsive structure, such as a nerve or muscle, regardless of whether the strength of the stimulus is sufficient to produce excitation.

[see stimulant]

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