Stimulation is the action of various agents (stimuli) on nerves, muscles, or a sensory end organ, by which activity is evoked; especially, the nervous impulse produced by various agents on nerves, or a sensory end organ, by which the part connected with the nerve is thrown into a state of activity.

The word is also often used metaphorically. For example, an interesting or fun activity can be described as "stimulating", regardless of its physical effects on nerves.

Stimulation is used in the petroleum industry to describe activities that improve the production of wells. This often includes the pumping of reactive fluids such as hydrochloric acid to remove or bypass damaged rock. Hydraulic fracturing is an extreme example of well stimulation.

It is also used in simulation technology to describe a synthetically produced signal that triggers (stimulates) real equipment, see below.

(Note)Stimulate means act as stimulus to, stimulus means things that rouses to activity, now rouses means exciting, stirring.

Read more about Stimulation:  Overview, Use in Simulators and Simulation Technology, Over-stimulation, Well Stimulation

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