- the act of bending a limb.
- the position that a limb assumes when it is bent.
- Chiefly British. flection(defs 1–3).
Origin of flexion
Also especially British, flex·ion (for defs 1–3).
Origin of flection
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Examples from the Web for flexion
The garment is tubular and unprovided with hinges at the points of flexion.The Devil's Dictionary
The attitude of the hand and fingers is usually one of flexion.
Flexion, inversion, and adduction of the thighs also occurred.Tics and Their Treatment
At which point the first flexion occurred will never be determined.Waterloo
In flexion, the hand is bent backwards; in extension it is carried forwards.Artistic Anatomy of Animals
- the act of bending a joint or limb
- the condition of the joint or limb so bent
- a variant spelling of flection
- the act of bending or the state of being bent
- something bent; bend
- grammar a less common word for inflection
See also flexion
C17: from Latin flexiō a bending, from flectere to curve, bow
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Word Origin and History for flexion
c.1600, from Latin flexionem (nominative flexio) "a bending, swaying; bend, turn, curve," noun of action from past participle stem of flectere "to bend" (see flexible).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The act of bending a joint or limb in the body by the action of flexors.
- The condition of being flexed or bent.
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