[flek-shuh n]


  1. the act of bending a limb.
  2. the position that a limb assumes when it is bent.
Chiefly British. flection(defs 1–3).

Nearby words

  1. flexible,
  2. flexible spending account,
  3. flexible-rate mortgage,
  4. flexicurity,
  5. flexile,
  6. flexitarian,
  7. flexitime,
  8. flexner,
  9. flexner's bacillus,
  10. flexner, abraham

Origin of flexion

1595–1605; < Latin flexiōn- (stem of flexiō) a bending, turning. See flex1, -ion

Related forms


[flek-shuh n]


the act of bending.
the state of being bent.
a bend; bent part.
Anatomy. flexion.
Also especially British, flex·ion (for defs 1–3).

Origin of flection

< Latin flexiōn- (stem of flexiō) a bending, turning, change. See flex1, -ion

Related formsflec·tion·al, adjectiveflec·tion·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for flexion



the act of bending a joint or limb
the condition of the joint or limb so bent
a variant spelling of flection
Derived Formsflexional, adjectiveflexionless, adjective



the act of bending or the state of being bent
something bent; bend
grammar a less common word for inflection
See also flexion

Derived Formsflectional, adjectiveflectionless, adjective

Word Origin for flection

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).

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Medicine definitions for flexion




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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