n. a phenomenon wherein a simultaneous firing and pausing is observed in the neuronal activity of the thalamus. This usually occurs during periods of deep sleep. On an EEG, it manifests as large-amplitude waves characteristic of a slow-wave sleep pattern.

BURST-PAUSE FIRING: "Occasionally, there may be abnormal burst-pause firing in the neurons of the VPL nuclei in the thalamus, giving rise to neuropathic pain."
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