temporal summation


See under summation.

Nearby words

  1. temporal muscle,
  2. temporal plane,
  3. temporal pole,
  4. temporal process,
  5. temporal ridge,
  6. temporal-lobe epilepsy,
  7. temporality,
  8. temporalize,
  9. temporary,
  10. temporary cartilage

Origin of temporal summation

First recorded in 1945–50


[ suh-mey-shuh n ]
/ səˈmeɪ ʃən /


the act or process of summing.
the result of this; an aggregate or total.
a review or recapitulation of previously stated facts or statements, often with a final conclusion or conclusions drawn from them.
Law. the final arguments of opposing attorneys before a case goes to the jury.
Physiology. the arousal of impulses by a rapid succession of stimuli, carried either by separate sensory neurons (spatial summation) or by the same sensory neuron (temporal summation).

Origin of summation

1750–60; < Medieval Latin summātiōn- (stem of summātiō), equivalent to summāt(us) (past participle of summāre to sum; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

Related formssum·ma·tion·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for temporal summation


/ (sʌˈmeɪʃən) /


the act or process of determining a sum; addition
the result of such an act or process
a summary
US law the concluding statements made by opposing counsel in a case before a court
Derived Formssummational, adjectivesummative, adjective

Word Origin for summation

C18: from Medieval Latin summātiō, from summāre to total, from Latin summa sum 1

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Word Origin and History for temporal summation



1760, from Modern Latin summationem (nominative summatio) "an adding up," from Late Latin summatus, past participle of summare "to sum up," from Latin summa (see sum).

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Medicine definitions for temporal summation


[ sə-māshən ]


The process by which multiple or repeated stimuli can produce a response in a nerve, muscle, or other part that one stimulus alone cannot produce.

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