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after discharge


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The continued contraction of a muscle for a second or more after the stimulus from an afferent neurone stops. An afferent neurone has a network of connections with a number of interneurones, which transmit impulses along different routes to the motor neurones that serve a muscle. After a strong stimulus, impulses arrive at the neuromuscular junction at different times, resulting in the muscle having a prolonged contraction.

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