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Definitions of stimulus

  1. any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A goad; hence, something that rouses the mind or spirits; an incentive; as, the hope of gain is a powerful stimulus to labor and action. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. That which excites or produces a temporary increase of vital action, either in the whole organism or in any of its parts; especially (Physiol.), any substance or agent capable of evoking the activity of a nerve or irritable muscle, or capable of producing an impression upon a sensory organ or more particularly upon its specific end organ. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. Something that rouses the mind or senses; anything that excites to action; that which produces a temporary increase of vitality or energy. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. 1. A stimulant. 2. Anything which arouses action (the response) in a muscle, nerve, or gland, or which promotes some trophic change. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  6. That which stimulates an organ. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  7. A goad: anything that rouses the mind, or that excites to action: a stimulant:-pl. STIMULI. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Anything that rouses to action. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. Anything that rouses or excites. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. Something which stimulates; a stimulant; a sting. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. In med., that which produces a sudden but transitory increase of vital action; anything that excites to action; a stimulant; in bot., applied to stinging hairs with an irritating secretion at the base. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. An agent which causes a body or some part of it to react when affected by it. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  13. [Latin] An agent which causes a body or some part of it to react when affected by it (phys.). na
  14. That which excites or produces a temporary increase of vital action, either in the whole organism or in any of its parts; especially , any substance or agent capable of evoking the activity of a nerve or irritable muscle, or capable of producing an impression upon a sensory organ or more particularly upon its specific end organ. dictgcide_fs
  15. Any thing which excites the animal economy. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  16. [Latin] An agent which is able to cause reaction in irritable tissues (e. g., a muscle). Stimuli may be Mechanical (pinching, cutting, bruising, etc.), Thermal (application of heat), Chemical (the application of acids, etc.), or Electrical, consisting of the induced or the galvanic current. Adequate (or Homologous) s., one which acts specifically upon the terminal apparatus of an organ of special sense, and upon no other part; e. g., light, which acts upon the retina to produce sensation, but is not competent to excite sensation when falling upon any other part of the optic tract. Heterologous s., one such as a mechanical or electrical s., which produces a sensation, no matter to what part of the nerve-tract it is applied (e. g., produces a luminous sensation when applied to the cut end of the optic nerve). na
  17. (pl. -li). Thing that rouses to activity or energy (so lethargic that no s. affects him), rousing effect (under the s. of hunger); (Physiol.) thing that evokes functional reaction in tissues; (Bot.) sting, whence stimulose a.; (Eccl.) point at end of crozier, pastoral staff, &c. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  18. Any agent producing reaction in an irritable tissue. American pocket medical dictionary.
  19. An agent or agency that stimulates. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  20. The action or result of a stimulant; stimulation. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  21. n. [Latin, Greek] A goad; hence, something that rouses the mind or spirits ;-that which produces an increase of vital action ;-in botany, a sting ; a prickle. Cabinet Dictionary

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