gate theory


a theory proposing that neural stimulation beyond a certain threshold level, as by application of an electric current, can overwhelm the ability of the nerve center to sense pain.

Nearby words

  1. gata,
  2. gate,
  3. gate array,
  4. gate leg,
  5. gate money,
  6. gate valve,
  7. gate-control theory,
  8. gate-crash,
  9. gate-crasher,
  10. gate-leg table

Origin of gate theory

First recorded in 1965–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019