A duration during which nerves or muscles are unable to react to stimuli, especially following prior stimulation. An absolute refractory period is marked by a total incapability of response. Stronger stimuli are required to elicit a response during the relative (or effective) refractory period.

REFRACTORY PERIOD: "A cell will fail to respond to normal stimuli during the refractory period."
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