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[mass noun] The interruption or destruction of the afferent connections of nerve cells, performed especially in animal experiments to demonstrate the spontaneity of locomotor movement.
- ‘Until 1981, Taub carried out somatosensory deafferentation research with monkeys in which sensation is surgically abolished from the upper extremities.’
- ‘Despite extensive chest wall deafferentation, the intensity and quality of dyspnea are not altered in patients with spinal cord injury in whom work of breathing is increased by bronchoconstriclion.’
- ‘On the other hand, in REM sleep, the respiratory variability persists even after deafferentation, suggesting that central REM processes underlie the variability.’
- ‘They argued that neural plasticity allows for a cortical reorganization or remapping of the somatosensory cortex following the deafferentation of neurons.’
- ‘It is believed that lateral ankle ligament injury results in not only mechanical instability but also ligamentous deafferentation, contributing to instability.’
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