rapid eye movement

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  1. rapidly shifting, continuous movements of the eyes beneath closed lids during the stage of sleep characterized by dreaming.

Origin of rapid eye movement

First recorded in 1915–20
Also called REM
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British Dictionary definitions for rapid eye movement

rapid eye movement

  1. movement of the eyeballs under closed eyelids during paradoxical sleep, which occurs while the sleeper is dreamingAbbreviation: REM
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rapid eye movement in Medicine

rapid eye movement

  1. The rapid periodic jerky movement of the eyes during certain stages of the sleep cycle when dreaming takes place.
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