patellar reflex



Nearby words

  1. patd.,
  2. pate,
  3. patella,
  4. patellar fossa of vitreous,
  5. patellar ligament,
  6. patellate,
  7. patellectomy,
  8. patelliform,
  9. paten,
  10. patency

Origin of patellar reflex

First recorded in 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for patellar reflex

patellar reflex


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.knee jerk knee-jerk reflex knee reflex quadriceps reflex

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