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patellar reflex

Origin of patellar reflex
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Salivation is insufficient, the patellar reflex intermittent.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • I asked what the patellar reflex was, and the doc had Pete sit and cross his legs, and explained.

    Yellowstone Nights Herbert Quick
  • The patient suffers severely from neuritis, and there may be early loss of patellar reflex.

    Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology W. G. Aitchison Robertson
patellar reflex in Medicine

patellar reflex n.
A reflex contraction of the quadriceps muscle resulting in a sudden involuntary extension of the leg, produced by a sharp tap to the tendon below the patella. Also called knee jerk, knee-jerk reflex, knee reflex, quadriceps reflex.

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