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[ri-kroot-muh nt]
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  1. the act or process of recruiting.
  2. Physiology. an increase in the response to a stimulus owing to the activation of additional receptors, resulting from the continuous application of the stimulus with the same intensity.
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Origin of recruitment

First recorded in 1815–25; recruit + -ment
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Related Words for recruitment

enrollment, recruitment, business, service, trade, job, contracting, admission, enlistment, levy, draft, function, office, profession, mission, avocation, racket, vocation, post, occupation

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Word Origin and History for recruitment


1795, from recruit (v.) + -ment.

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recruitment in Medicine


  1. An abnormal disproportionate sensation of loudness felt in response to sounds of increasing intensity.
  2. The activation of additional motor neurons in response to sustained stimulation of a given receptor or afferent nerve.
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