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[ik-sahy-ter, -tawr]
  1. Physiology. a nerve whose stimulation excites greater action.
  2. Archaic. an exciter.
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Origin of excitor

First recorded in 1810–20; excite + -or2
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Examples from the Web for excitor

Historical Examples

  • Whence it became evident that this nerve is not the excitor, but the sensory nerve concerned in glycogenesis.

    A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II


  • Like the other medicines of this order, Ergot is not an excitor of the heart and circulation.

    The Action of Medicines in the System

    Frederick William Headland

British Dictionary definitions for excitor


  1. a nerve that, when stimulated, causes increased activity in the organ or part it supplies
  2. a variant spelling of exciter
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