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The changes in excitability and conductivity in a nerve or muscle in the neighborhood of the cathode during the passage of a constant electric current.
[cathode + electrotonus]
catelectrotonus(kăt″ē-lĕk-trŏt′ō-nŭs) [″ + elektron, amber, + tonos, tension]
The increased excitability produced in a nerve or muscle in the region near the cathode during the passage of an electric current.