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treppe

Pronunciation: trep'eh

Definition: A phenomenon in cardiac muscle first observed by H.P. Bowditch; if a number of stimuli of the same intensity are sent into the muscle after a quiescent period, the first few contractions of the series show a successive increase in amplitude (strength).

Synonym(s): staircase phenomenon

[Ger. Treppe, staircase]

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