action potential

ac·tion po·ten·tial
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-shuh n puh-ten-shuh l]
    • /ˈæk ʃən pəˈtɛn ʃəl/
    • /ˈækʃn pəˈtenʃl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-shuh n puh-ten-shuh l]
    • /ˈæk ʃən pəˈtɛn ʃəl/

Definitions of action potential words

  • noun action potential a localized change in electrical potential, from about –70 mV to +30 mV and back again, that occurs across a nerve fibre during transmission of a nerve impulse 3
  • noun action potential the change in electrical potential that occurs between the inside and outside of a nerve or muscle fiber when it is stimulated, serving to transmit nerve signals. 1
  • noun action potential A short term change in the electrical potential that travels along a cell such as a nerve or muscle fiber. 0

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Origin of action potential

First appearance:

before 1925
One of the 11% newest English words
First recorded in 1925-30

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Parts of speech for Action potential


action potential popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 5% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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