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to excite functional activity in a part.


/stim·u·late/ (stim´u-lāt) to excite functional activity.


v. stimu·lated, stimu·lating, stimu·lates
1. To increase temporarily the activity of (a body organ or system, for example).
2. To cause to desire to have sex; arouse sexually.
3. To excite or invigorate (a person, for example) with a stimulant.
To act or serve as a stimulant or stimulus.

stim′u·lat′er, stim′u·la′tor n.
stim′u·lat′ing·ly adv.
stim′u·la′tion n.
stim′u·la′tive, stim′u·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.


Etymology: L, stimulare, to incite
to excite, as in the process of increasing a vigorous functional activity.


to excite functional activity in a part.

Patient discussion about stimulate

Q. How does a Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit help fibromyalgia. My aunt was suggested to go through TENS. Will that really help? How does a Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit help fibromyalgia?

A. ‘TENS’ units are prescribed for chronic pain sufferers and fibromyalgia patients. What is a tens unit? Tens stands for Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. A tens unit is essentially a stimulation device consisting of electrodes that are attached to the skin, the unit itself, and a battery to provide current. A Tens unit uses electricity to block nerves from sending pain messages.

Q. Can some depression be treated with stimulantes in adults?? I was treated with dextroamphetimins in the 1970's. Why arent they used anymore? I know all of the things about addiction, so I dont need those answers. When the medication was used by me, it worked. My husband is suffereing from depression he has been given all of the "wonder" drugs No results. I hope someone can answer this for me, and for my husbands sake Thank You Shirley

A. Thank you BLars. I am going to talk to my husbands doctor when we have our appointment tomorrow..I get so tired of all of the experts who wont prescribe the right medications because of the abuse potential..CNS Stimulants were used before, and all of us that were on them when we needed them arent worse for wear..I am glad adderall is helping you.Maybe people like us need to speak out, so other patients arent afraid to ask their doctors..Have a great week!!


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And the political cooperation that will be required to push through such stimulative fiscal measures would signal an important move by Washington away from gridlock and toward concerted fiscal steps to help boost growth and employment.
One third of those approached were asked to submit one sedative and one stimulative selection, one third to submit two sedative selections and one third to submit two stimulative selections.
But in the medium and longer terms, and under favorable conditions, natural disasters can be stimulative (for example, following China's Chengdu earth quake in 2008, Indonesia's Sumatran tsunami in 2004, and South Korea's separation from the North in the 1950s--the latter both a natural and unnatural disaster).
The basic task accomplished in this study was to determine the effects of classical or soft and fast or stimulative music on the duration of the second stage of labor among primigravida or women in their first pregnancy at Cebu City Medical Center.
The good news is that public policymakers are acknowledging the countercyclical nature of human services and the stimulative potential of human service investment.
It said the researchers had wanted to investigate anecdotal wisdom that such scents really did cause positive psychological effects: "It has been empirically known from ancient times that some odorants bring about psychophysiological effects, such as sedative, stimulative, antistress, anti-inflammatory, and anticonvulsant effects; for example, an antidepressant effect is provided by lemon odour and a sleep-enhancing effect by valerian.
To ensure a level of familiarity and cultural appropriateness potential music selections were limited to songs which had featured in the Top 10 of Turkish Music during the previous six months (five tracks judged to be stimulative and five judged to be sedative were selected).
The broadly based support for major stimulative action cuts across a wide socio-political spectrum.
Professor Patrick Minford, an academic at Cardiff business school, has predicted that the housing market will recover next year as a result of the fiscal policy stimuli and the stimulative activity being undertaken by the Government and central banks.
But equally remarkable was that the coalition organized itself according to the position that the federal government should incur a stimulative fiscal deficit to address a rapidly declining economy.
Ben Nelson and Susan Collins worked to scrub some less plausibly stimulative stuff from the Senate bill.